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Serious birth defects kill at least three million children a year

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:256
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    An estimated 3.3 million children under the age of 5 die each year from serious birth defects, a worldwide report says. But more effective interventions and the use of medical genetic services, especially in poorer countries, could reduce mortality and disability by up to 70%.

    “Health policymakers have not been aware of the immense global toll of birth defects, including the true extent of death and disability,” concludes the Global Report on Birth Defects.

    The study examined birth defects in 193 countries and estimated that overall 7.9 million children are born with a serious …

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