SAMPLE 2018 PRESS RELEASE

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Release Date:        [Suggested dates are between February 15 and March 3, 2018]

Contact:                 [fill in name, phone number, email address]

 

[NAME OF ORGANIZATION] OBSERVES WORLD BIRTH DEFECTS DAY

Calls for More Prevention, Research and Care for Babies

 

CITY, STATE, COUNTRY, DATE X, 2018 [Name of your organization] joins nearly 100 national and global organizations in observing the fourth annual World Birth Defects Day on March 3. [If applicable:  Name of your organization was one of the 12 founding organizations that launched this event in 2015 to raise awareness of this serious global problem of birth defects and urge more surveillance, research, prevention, and care for individuals and families.] This event was created in 2015 to raise awareness of this serious global problem of birth defects and urge more surveillance, research, prevention, and care for individuals and families.

[Quote from your spokesperson goes here – for example, “We can save lives and improve the health of our country by wider use of some proven, cost-effective ways to prevent birth defects and care for affected children and adults,”] says NAME AND TITLE.

Everyone can join in observing World Birth Defects Day 2018 by signing up for the Thunderclap at http://po.st/WBDD18 and joining the Buzz Day on Twitter on March 3, using hashtag #WorldBDDay.

An estimated 8 million babies around the world are born with a serious birth each year. Birth defects are a leading cause of death in the first year of life, and babies who survive may have physical or intellectual disabilities, taking a costly toll on their families, communities and nations. [Add local statistics on birth defects rate/prevalence in your area if desired]

 

[Fill in description of your organization’s birth defects surveillance, research, prevention, or care initiatives here, if desired]

 

Here are some steps women can take to improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy and reduce the risk of birth defects:

  • Start taking a daily multivitamin containing 400 mcg of folic acid, a B vitamin, even if you’re not trying to get pregnant. Folic acid every day, beginning before pregnancy and continuing through your pregnancy, is proven to help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine. It’s also a good idea to eat foods that contain folate, the natural form of folic acid, including lentils, green leafy vegetables, black beans, and orange juice [or other high folate foods popular in your area]. [Name of your organization] also recommends folic-acid enriched cereals, breads, and pasta; and foods made from folic-acid enriched corn masa flour, such as cornbread, corn tortillas, tacos, and tamales.
  • Get as healthy as possible before pregnancy. See your health care provider for a checkup to learn about any conditions that can be treated before you get pregnant.
  • Be up-to-date with your vaccinations (shots). Talk to your healthcare provider about vaccinations you should receive before or during pregnancy, including rubella and influenza (flu).
  • Learn how to avoid Zika virus, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and sexually transmitted infections that can harm you and a developing baby.
  • Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before preparing or eating foods; after being around or touching pets and other animals. If you’re around young children, don’t share food, glasses or utensils and do not put a child’s cup or pacifier in your mouth.

 

To learn more about policies, resources, and research on the causes of birth defects, prevention efforts, and ways to improve the care of affected children and adults, visit www.worldbirthdefectsday.org

 

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