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Genetics is a branch of biology concerned with heredity and individual characteristics. Some specific conditions and rare syndromes have a genetic basis. There are a variety of reasons why genetic conditions arise including structural or numerical changes in chromosomes, changes (or mutations) in a single gene or changes (or mutations) in a number of genes. Some conditions tend to run in families whilst others may occur for the first time in a family (sporadic). Both parents having one same abnormal gene on a non-sex chromosome can result in birth of a child with genetic disorder.


The field of Genetic Medicine is rapidly advancing and it is now possible to diagnose a large number of conditions at neonatal age using a variety of testing methods available. Newborn screening is an application of tests to identify infants presymptomatically to prevent mental retardation, early death & physical disabilities by way of timely medical interventions. If there is evidence of a specific condition amongst family members, the option of genetic testing may be discussed. This may help to confirm or rule out whether an individuals medical ailment are the result of a genetic condition.

The revolution in Genetic Medicine during the past two decades has profoundly benefited health in many populations of the industrialized countries. Unfortunately, these benefits have had little to no impact in developing countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and some other South Asian developing countries.

Currently there are no non-profit lab facilities which can provide Genetic testing facilities for screening new born diseases in South Asia for the developing countries mentioned above.


Keeping with the theme of World Health Day April 7, 2006, Make Every Mother and Child Count, we intend to start South Asias first non profit agency focused on developing affordable new born genetic disease testing facilities all over South Asia. The deliverables of this organization to begin with would be: -

(1) Professional Training to deliver basic knowledge of advancement in Genetic Medicine to primary care providers and Genetic Counselors.

(2) Establish Labs for genetic disease testing. Make these services at almost no cost (for poor) and nominal cost for affording class, if feasible.

(3) Providing resources to developing South Asian nations to achieve a sustained and visible national commitment for planning and providing genetics services for new born screening.

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