It is more than fifty years since whole population newborn screening began to provide life changing benefits for children who are identified and treated before the devastating effects of serious conditions such as phenylketonuria cause irreversible damage.
In those fifty years many more conditions which benefit from early detection and treatment have been added and today more than 50 important disorders are identified in this way and successfully treated in some countries.
Newborn screening has indeed been a truly revolutionary development in Public Health and there is much to celebrate.
On that basis, ISNS working together with IPOPI, and others as part of the initiative known as Screen4Rare, is proud to announce the creation of:
International Neonatal Screening Day on 28th June
The 28th June is the birthday of Dr Robert Guthrie, perhaps the most significant key figure in the development of newborn screening as we know it today.
While much has been achieved, there is still much left to do. Many children born today still do not benefit from even basic newborn screening and in other countries, while some testing does take place, the range of conditions covered remains very limited.
We hope that International Neonatal Screening Day on 28th June will be an opportunity show our appreciation for the life changing benefits offered by this simple and cost effective intervention pioneered by Robert Guthrie and that it will act as a stimulus to improve and expand the reach and range of the programmes on offer around the world.
Do join in the celebrations and spread the good news about Newborn Screening in your neighbourhood, region and country – there is so much to say and so much to achieve!