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Down Syndrome: Early Detection and Intervention To Be Accessible to All

Sarajevo, 21.3. 2012. - UNICEF believes that World Down Syndrome Day this Day is a good opportunity to raise public awareness about this developmental disability and to draw attention to the importance of adequate and high quality diagnosis and early intervention which should be accessible to all children in BiH. The Down syndrome affects approximately 1 in every 1,000 babies and has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies.

Recent adoption of Early Childhood Development Policies at the State level and in both Entities which include a clear focus on early childhood intervention is an encouraging progress. This is a new approach which aims at providing support services and developmental activities for families with infants and young children who have developmental delays, malnutrition, disabilities or atypical behaviours, in order to promote the child’s development and later inclusion in school and community.

“This Day is also an important moment to remind us of the importance of promoting inclusive education across the country to ensure children with disabilities are included in mainstream education and receive adequate personal attention and care to develop to their full potential. On this occasion, I would like to reemphasize UNICEF’s support to all programmes that aim at raising awareness and promoting the inclusion of people with any type of disability.” – said Florence Bauer, UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The World Down Syndrome Day also falls under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which was ratified by Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2010 and which reaffirms the fundamental principle of universal human rights. It aims to promote, protect and fulfill the equal rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities, including millions of children, worldwide.

The United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as the World Down Syndrome Day in December 2011 in order to raise public awareness on this syndrome.





Down sindrom: Rano otkrivanje i intervencija trebaju biti dostupni svakome


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