CHD Awareness Week is an annual awareness effort to help educate the public about Congenital Heart Defects. Participants include individuals, local support groups, national and local organizations and congenital cardiology centers throughout the world! 7-14 February 2014
Be aware, be connected, be informed.
Why do we need an awareness week?
Congenital Heart Disease is considered to be the most common birth defect, and is a leading cause of birth-defect related deaths worldwide.
Despite the fact that CHD affects approximately millions of families in the world and in particular sub-Saharan africa, a relatively small amount of funding is currently available for parent/patient educational services, research, and support. In addition many centers in Africa do not have access to life-saving surgery and diagnostic equipment.
By sharing our experiences and providing information, we hope to raise public awareness about conditions that affect approximately 40,000 babies each year in the United States alone. It is our sincere hope that efforts to educate the public will result in improved early diagnosis, additional funding for support and educational services, scientific research, and access to quality of care for our children and adults.
What can you do?
Be aware: check out our FAQ regarding the facts and figures regarding CHD.
Be connected: There are many advocacy groups in South Africa or join https://www.facebook.com/chdweek2014
Be informed: check out our information portal.
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