Every year nearly 8 million babies around the world are born with a serious birth defect. Half of these birth defects (1 in 33) will be detected soon after birth, the other half will be diagnosed during the first years of life.
In many countries, birth defects are one leading causes of death in infants and young children. Babies who survive and live with these conditions are at increased risk for long-term disabilities.
It is through our collective voices, that we will raise awareness of the first ever World Birth Defects Day. The goal of the campaign is to expand birth defects prevention, care and research worldwide.
Join us for a day of online activity as we create a buzz about World Birth Defects Day. Between now and March 3rd, be sure to use #WorldBDDay when talking about World Birth Defects Day through your social media channels like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For this inaugural day, our online strategy includes both a Thunderclap and BuzzDay and we need your help to make both activities a success. Don’t worry if you have not heard of Thunderclap or BuzzDay. Participation is super easy. All you need is either a Facebook and/or Twitter account and a few minutes. If you have both Facebook and Twitter accounts, use both! Follow the directions below to get started.
Thunderclap is a tool that helps large groups of people share a single message together at the same time with the goal of having #WorldBDDay trending from our collective efforts. The #WorldBDDay Thunderclap message will be disseminated at 9:00am EST on March 3, 2015. Don’t worry if you are on a different time zone. By following the directions below, you can set up your message to go out in just minutes today and it will be sent out from your account automatically on March 3rd at 9:00am EST.
Steps to set up your #WorldBDDay Thunderclap message (it is soooooo much easier than it looks, I promise!):
Any time before 9:00am EST March 3, 2015
Our goal is to create a “buzz” about #World Birth Defects Day through twitter by collectively tweeting throughout March 3rd using #WorldBDDay. Each person can use their own twitter messages or the sample messages shared on the World Birth Defects Day website—most important to remember is to use the #WorldBDDay in every message. Your participation counts whether you tweet out one message or 20.
What can you do to help? Add your voice to raise awareness!
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