To increase awareness regarding Down syndrome, 21st March 2018 is observed as a Down syndrome awareness day which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

In every cell in the human body there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes. Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes. Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21, explained Saima to participants.

People with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses. Children with Down syndrome learn to sit, walk, talk, play, and do most other activities; only somewhat later than their peers without Down syndrome, Said Dr. Zahra.

People in the community were even less sensitized regarding the issue, so as usually on the day awareness session was conducted at I-MACCA.

Event was graced by our distinguished panel of speakers included a consultant Gynae I-MACCA Dr. Zahra, and the CATCH Coordinator Saima Ashiq. Dr. Zahra has an experience of over 10 years working with women. Ms. Ashiq has vast experience dealing with women facing medical and social issues. The panelists stressed upon the need to be aware of the warning signs, early symptoms regarding the disease.

The awareness sessions were conducted in the field too. Participants showed their interest towards the symptoms and treatment of Down syndrome.