9th September 2011
On the ninth day, of the ninth month, communities around the world hold events to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
FASD refers to a range of disorders that may affect some babies exposed to alcohol before birth. Some of these disorders include:
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE)
Alcohol Related Neurological Disorder (ARND)
Alcohol related Brain Injury (ARBI)
Alcohol consumed by pregnant women can harm their unborn babies. FAS is one of the leading known causes of birth defects and developmental delay in Australia and most countries around the world. Features in the baby include a low birth weight, flattened face, heart defects and developmental delays. FAE however, is the most common in indigenous communities.
In the NPA there are 5 known cases. However, we suspect there are more as FAS is not easily diagnosed. The World Health Organization recommends that pregnant women should avoid alcohol throughout the pregnancy. There is no safe limit. No alcohol is the best prevention.
This year, we set up an information stand in front of the Bamaga Bakehaus Lawn, fully equipped with our FAS Dolls, DVD’s, Brochures and giveaways. The dolls attracted a lot of students who were walking home from school and were very curious as to what we were doing.
We will continue to do more education around the communities so if you want to know more on FAS, contact Rochelle on 4069 3555.