My wife, Melody, was doing some G6PD Deficiency research recently and came across a paper published by the March of Dimes titled March of Dimes Global Report on Birth Defects. It is subtitled The Hidden Toll of Dying and Disabled Children. Melody was very excited to find this report because G6PD Deficiency made the “TOP FIVE”.
This is so unusual that Melody came running to tell me about it. Here are a few excerpts from the paper.
“Worldwide, the birth prevalence of all genetic birth defects combined range from a high of 82 per 1,000 live births in low-income regions to a low of 39.7 per 1,000 live births in high-income regions.”
“Five common birth defects of genetic or partially genetic origin combined accounted for about 26 percent of all such birth defects in 2001: congenital heart defects (1,040,865 births); neural tube defects (323,904 births); the hemoglobin disorders thalassemia and sickle cell disease (307,897 births); Down syndrome (217,293 births); and G6PD deficiency (177,032 births).”