What is Down Syndrome?


Down syndrome can be defined as a congenital disorder arising from a chromosome defect, causing intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities including short stature and a broad facial profile. It arises from a defect involving chromosome 21.


According to https://kidshealth.org the physical features and medical problems associated with Down syndrome can vary widely from child to child. While some kids with Down Syndrome need a lot of medical attention, others lead healthy lives.


Though Down syndrome can’t be prevented, it can be detected before a child is born. The health problems that may go along with Down Syndrome can be treated, and many resources are available to help kids and their families who are living with the condition.


In Kenya an estimated 40,000 Kenyans are  living with this condition that incapacitates its victims, leaving them struggling with speech and movement. About one in every 800 children in Kenya are born with Down Syndrome.Societies consider such children an unnecessary burden because of their condition.and many children born with Down Syndrome are locked away from the people’s glare.


Parents with such children should seek help and avoid discriminating the child who has the potential to showcase, they should accept and love them.


These children should be taken to school whether regular based or special needs school, they have a right to education, as stated in the constitution, children’s act and the UN convention for persons with disabilities.


In the spirit of ‘Leave no Child behind and Leave No One Behind ’ the world will be observing the World Syndrome Day today to raise public awareness of Down syndrome. People with this condition must have opportunities to live fulfilling lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society.The 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, a global plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, pledges that “no one will be left behind”.




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For more information about down syndrome visit

dssk.or.ke – Down Syndrome Society of Kenya | Your baby, you and …

KidsHealth – the Web’s most visited site about children’s health





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