​World Down Syndrome Day


Down syndrome occurs when an individual has an extra partial or complete copy of chromosome 21.

It’s not yet known why it happens, but Down syndrome has always been a part of the human condition. It exists in all regions around the globe and usually results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics and health.

In December 2011, the UN General Assembly declared March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day.

The estimated incidence of Down syndrome is between 1 in 1000 to 1 in 1100 live births worldwide. Each year, about 3,000 to 5,000 children are born with this chromosomal disorder.

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The quality of life of people with Down syndrome can be improved by meeting their health care needs, including regular check-ups with health professionals to monitor mental and physical condition and provide timely interventions, whether physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech, counseling or special education.

People with Down syndrome continue to face various challenges in all aspects of life, which prevent them from living a dignified life and realizing their rights, which originate from the Constitution and other laws of the Republic of Kosovo.

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