World Down Syndrome Day observed on March 21st

Published on March 25, 2019
March 21st was observed as World Down Syndrome Day. 

World Down Syndrome Day observed on March 21st
  • The theme of the 2019 World Down Syndrome Day is "Leave no one behind".

About Down Syndrome:

  • Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder which results in delayed physical and mental growth in individuals.
  • The genetic disorder has been named after British doctor John Langdon Down who fully described the syndrome in 1866.
  • In normal conditions, people have only two copies of Chromosome 21 whereas those with Down's syndrome there is a presence of a part or full of the third copy of chromosome 21.
  • Even though Down's Syndrome is incurable, the quality of life of those suffering could be considerably improved by giving proper medical support and education.

About World Down Syndrome Day:

  • March 21st is observed as World Down Syndrome Day to increase global awareness about the syndrome by the United Nations since 2012.
  • Since then March 21st is celebrated as World Down Syndrome Day by the governments, organisations and individuals to extend support to those suffering from Down's Syndrome.

Why March 21st?

  • March 21st is the 21st day of third month.
  • March 21st was chosen to signify uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.

Question:

Q. When is the World Down Syndrome Day observed every year?
a. March 19th
b. March 20th
c. March 21st
d. March 22nd

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