The SBAG intends to launch a grassroots campaign promoting Spina Bifida awareness and prevention. Few individuals are aware of the many complications that arise due to the effects of Spina Bifida. Closing the birth defect after birth is often the beginning of each child's journey.
Young women need to be aware of this journey so they will be diligent in efforts to reduce their risk of having a child with Spina Bifida. Folic acid is recognized as being able to prevent between 50% to 70% of the incidences of Spina Bifida births among women of child-bearing ages if taken for three months prior to and three months after conception.
A recent CDC study points out that folate in the blood serum of women of child-bearing years has declined significantly in Georgia. Segments of the studied populations are growing rapidly, particularly the Hispanic community where Spina Bifida births have been rising by as much as 30%.
The SBAG would like to reach out to the local high schools and universities to educate young women on how to protect their future children.
If you would like to have SBAG participate in a health fair or if you would like to participate in this program as a speaker please email firstname.lastname@example.org