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International FASDay - 09 September 2014

On 09 September each year we observe International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day (FAS day). 

On 09 September each year we observe International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day (FAS day) and we join together to take a stand to recognize and raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families afflicted with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

Extraction from the speech of Ms Ncazelo Mlilo, Senior Programmes Manager, Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund

‘Investing in a child is investigating in the future. A child’s life begins at conception. This means our responsibilities towards children begin from the very moment that they are conceived or formed. The quality of care that an unborn baby receives whilst in the uterus will shape and determine his or her future.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is one of the conditions and diseases that awakens us to the reality that unborn children need to be cared for and nurtured and protected from harmful substances including alcohol. FAS impairs a child's lifetime ability to function mentally, physically and socially and to achieve his/her full potential.

FAS is preventable simply by ensuring that women refrain from drinking alcohol during their pregnancy; it is 100% preventable and unfortunately 100% irreversible.

Today on the 9th of Sept we observe International FAS day. Our presence today shows our commitment towards a FAS free society. Let us take hands and protect our most important resource; our children.

Together we can make a change if we all play our part in our little corners of society.’

Related links:

  • "A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” ―Eda J. Le Shan

  • “Drinking during pregnancy is linked with disaster – personal disaster for the ‘bright-eyed ones,’ disaster for their families and their hope for their young, and disaster for . . . society as we struggle to pay the huge price of this destruction.” - Prof. Ann Streissguth, Ph.D.

  • "If you're pregnant, don't drink. If you drink, don't get pregnant" - Eva Carner

  • "Every day is FASD Awareness day" - Teresa Kellerman (