GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Healthcare, Fitness and Medicine

 
  Share

Despite progress, thousands of newborns are still dying from a preventable disease 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 April 2018: The upcoming FIGO (International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics) Regional Congress of Middle East and Africa (11 – 13 April, Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first use of Anti-D Immunoglobulins to prevent Rh sensitisation, a condition that can occur during pregnancy in Rh negative women and can lead to Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn (HDFN).

Hemolytic Disease is often fatal for the fetus or newborn and can cause late miscarriage, stillbirth, early post-natal death and life-long disabilities in surviving babies. 

Fifty years ago, the discovery of Anti-D Immunoglobulins was a medical breakthrough that resulted in a dramatic reduction in the incidence of HDFN in many parts of the world. 

 “Anti-D Immunoglobulins have nearly eradicated HDFN in the developed world,” points out Professor Gerard Visser, Chairman of FIGO's Standing Committee for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health.

“However, the implementation of protocols for the sustained use of Anti-D has been insufficient in much of the developing world, resulting in some 300,000 infants dying or being severely handicapped annually, 50 years after its introduction.

One of the issues that we will address at the Regional Congress in Dubai,” continues Visser, “is how to meet these challenges and move forward with getting protocols for the use of Anti-D accepted and applied in more countries where HDFN remains a real problem.”

The prenatal protocol with Anti-D Immunoglobulins, introduced in the 1970s in the USA and Western European countries, prescribes screening for all pregnant women and possible administration of treatment.

These two steps have led to a sharp drop in the incidence of HDFN in these countries and in many others.

In particular, it has resulted in a reduction in the number of serious cases that triggered stillbirths or contributed to increased infant mortality and morbidity.

Currently, thanks to Anti-D, cases of HDFN registered annually in more developed countries are rare and Anti-D immunoglobulins are considered the standard of care for preventing Hemolytic Disease in all of North America, Europe and Australia.

Even though it is no longer considered a threat for newborns in many countries, HDFN is still a serious public health problem in vast areas of the world.

In countries that do not yet have disease prevention protocols in force, up to 14 per cent of the fetuses affected die at birth, whereas 50 per cent of the newborns affected either die in their first days of life or suffer from brain damage (an estimated  300,000 victims are reported worldwide each year).

Although Anti-D Immunoglobulins are on the World Health Organisation's List of Essential Medicines, many of the countries where this preventative treatment is most needed lack access to this prophylaxis, do not have appropriately trained medical personnel, or other resources needed to enact the necessary protocols.

An event held at New York's Columbia University in February kicked off the 50th anniversary celebrations and launched an unbranded global educational campaign to improve the awareness of this disease and the treatment therapies available throughout the world.

This campaign, which is supported by the international biopharmaceutical company Kedrion Biopharma, has been taken up by the sector's leading international scientific societies.

Amongst these is FIGO, which, during its upcoming Regional Congress in Dubai, is dedicating a session of the scientific programme to this topic,  followed by a specific Stakeholders Meeting, both aimed at  drawing attention to the critical issues that still exist.

On Thursday 12 April at 1pm, the Secretary General of FIGO, Gian Carlo di Renzo, will chair a discussion on ‘50 years of Anti-D: achievements and challenges' and will be joined by Professor Gerard Visser, Chairman of FIGO's Standing Committee for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health and Rubina Sohail, Chair of the South Asian Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (SAFOG). During the session, the panelists will celebrate Anti-D as a milestone for the health of mothers and babies all over the world, while increasing  the international scientific community's awareness of the problem.

One expected outcome will be how to bridge the existing gaps in access to Anti-D immunoglobulinsbased preventative treatment.



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 8455 times
Posted on : Tuesday, April 10, 2018  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Ministry of Health and Prevention successfully holds Travel Road Exhibition
Next Story : Women with PCOS have higher chances of developing uterine cancer, say experts
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
D1 Milano Launches Exlcusive Limited Edition Collection –The Khaleeji
The Incredible Power of the Mushroom!
Beware of Cheap Beauty Deals: They May End Up Being More Costly
GaGà Milano unveils six extra-special watches to celebrate Neymar's genius
8 Jours Grande Taille - a new avatar on iconic timepiece
Carl F. Bucherer Celebrates Its Anniversary With the Heritage Tourbillon Double ...
Tissot Lady Heart Flower Powermatic 80
Get Ready for The Festive Season with The Body Shop's Enchanted by Nature Gift C...
Sukin's Top Holiday Picks for a Supple-Skin Winter Season
Switch your hair colour safely for the new season with Rahua's Color Full range
Omega Raises Its Warranty On All Watches to 5 Years
Everyday care for your baby's hair with Fifi & Friends!
Bringing you warmth and shine this festive season
Season's Greetings 2018
Twelve Holiday Gifts for the Beauty-Obsessed Woman
The Smile Bar Opens Its First Store in the UAE
Chloé Eyewear's Feminine Appeal Seen Through the Lens of the New “Rosie” Style
Purely Pandora Classics With a Twist
#MKGO Bold: Michael Kors Unveils Bold New Arrivals
Triumphant First Daman Dxb Swimfest at Jumeirah Beach Hotel
New 1948 Seamaster Watches Join the Ranks
Festive Gifting Guide
Indulge Your Love for Animal Print with M&S
Alina Anwar Couture Launches in UAE
Must-have festive Christmas jumpers and tees for the whole family
Add a festive sparkle to your eyes with Palladio Beauty
Parah dedicates its Fall/Winter 2018/19 collection to femininity
The Geo-Graham Orrery Tourbillon presents a galaxy you can reach out and wear Ge...
Starbucks announces the return of festive favourites
National Geographic Launches Mars 2 into Orbit with Season 2 Premiering Nov 15 ...
Give an abandoned or neglected cat their forever home at Kittysnip's adoption da...
Land Rover Supports Red Cross Disaster Projects Worldwide
Tryano Launches Elemis
The new BMW 8 Series Convertible.
‘Celebrate 2019 Now' with special deals from Al-Futtaim Toyota
Sprint for a Great Cause at Al Maha
Etihad Airways Launches Model Diary of Xiaowen at China International Import Expo
EDCC organizes largest UAE Pavilion at debut SNSR in Saudi Arabia
Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Organises ‘Herfaty' Programme in A...
Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai opens with an ambitious set of exhibitions and program...
Unilever MENA calls for collective action as it's revealed that 54% of consumers...
Introducing the GUESS Holiday 2018 Collection
The Sharjah Stamp Exhibition celebrates the Year of Zayed
Presenting Katrina Kaif in her hottest desi avatar as Suraiyya in Thugs of Hindostan
Emirates Steel signs new long-term iron ore pellet supply deal with Vale
Amp up your skincare routine with The Organic Pharmacy's new corrective serums
Bharat Thakur Artistic Yoga's Flagship Studio opens in Burjuman.
Superhero Color Runners Prove We Are All Unstoppable!
Top five new things to do at Golden Mile Galleria this season
IKEA Promises 25 Years of Quality Guarantee