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Congenital anomalies affect 1 in 30 children in the world and is the leading cause of infant mortality.  Also known as birth defects, congenital anomalies are structural or functional abnormalities, including metabolic disorders, which are present from birth. Congenital anomalies are a diverse group of disorders which can be caused by single gene defects, chromosomal disorders, multifactorial inheritance, environmental teratogens and micronutrient deficiencies.

Key facts

  • Congenital anomalies (also referred as birth defects) affect approximately 1 in 33 infants and result in approximately 3.2 million birth defect-related disabilities every year.
  • A child is born every 4 1/2 minutes with a congenital abnormality.
  • An estimated 270,000 newborns die during the first 28 days of life every year from congenital anomalies.
  • Congenital anomalies may result in long-term disability, which may have significant impacts on individuals, families, health-care systems and societies.
  • Congenital anomalies may have a genetic, infectious or environmental origin; although in most of the cases it is difficult identify their cause.
  • Many birth anomalies can be prevented and treated. An adequate intake of folic acid, iodine, vaccination, and adequate antenatal care are key.

Shawn’s Anomaly is the only non-profit dedicated to spreading awareness about congenital anomalies.  The mission of Shawn’s Anomaly is to provide education, help and hope to the families with children born with congenital abnormalities.  We hope that you will help us with this mission.


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