Prevent Spina Bifida

about the centerOur mission:  Keeping kids out of wheelchairs – by compelling decision makers world-wide to mandate fortification of processed foods.  The Center for Spina Bifida Prevention was founded in 2012 at Emory University  …  Read More…

 

Spina bifida and anencephaly are serious birth defects that occur when a baby’s spinal cord or brain does not develop properly during early pregnancy. Anencephaly babies do not survive, while babies born with spina bifida ….  Read More…

 

The prevention of Spina Bifida is Simple, Affordable and Proven. The predominant cause of spina bifida and anencephaly is a lack of adequate folic acid (vitamin B9) in the mother’s diet prior to conception and during the first month of pregnancy.   … Read More…

 

Each year, about 200,000 children worldwide are born with folic acid-preventable spina bifida or anencephaly.  A total of 58 countries are preventing these birth defects through sustained mandatory folic acid fortification, but more than 100 … Read More…

 

Folic Acid: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Dr. Godfrey P. Oakley, Jr, MD was interviewed by the Food Fortification Initiative on the benefits of fortifying food with folic acid.