Down Syndrome South Afica

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day 21st March

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The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. WDSD was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world. This day has seen a huge increase in events and participation. Our greatest achievement to date was the recognition of the day by the United Nations. This day is celebrated globally with much success and is growing as each year goes by.

On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day. The General Assembly decided to "designate 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day, to be observed every year beginning in 2012;" and "invites all Member States, relevant organisations of the United Nations system and other international organisations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organisations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome".

In South Africa we will be celebrating with the theme “BE DIFFERENT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE” across the country. We ask people to be different by doing something different – wear your tie on your back, or your clothes inside out, paint your nails different colours, wear your cap back to front, different shoes or socks…etc. Use your imagination and be different. We will be selling badge buttons for R21 (because of the triplication of the 21st chromosome). 

Please contact the office should you need any other information:


Tel: 0861-369-672 or 011-615-2990 or click on the WDSD link in the block to the left.