What is International Pompe day? What does it mean? It’s pretty simple. The International Pompe Association (IPA), with the support of the global Pompe community, launched International Pompe Day in 2014. Like many official days the goal is to raise awareness, in this case, of what is often a devastating disease.
The Netherlands, (April 14, 2016) – April 15, 2016 will be the Third Annual International Pompe Day. The International Pompe Association (IPA), with the support of the global Pompe community, launched International Pompe Day in 2014. The goal of International Pompe Day is to raise global awareness of Pompe disease, a rare neuromuscular condition that affects approximately 1 in 40,000 people around the world.
November 18, 2005 was a special day. It was the day that the first patient, identified with Pompe disease by newborn screening (NBS), was born in Taiwan. She was fortunate that she was born in a hospital where the pilot program started only eighteen days before she was born, and that she was born after many people worked tirelessly to develop a diagnostic method suitable for NBS.
Rare Disease Group Urges Ontario to Include Devastating Neuromuscular Condition in Newborn Screening Program
TORONTO (Sept. 11, 2015) – The Canadian Association of Pompe (CAP) today submitted a nomination for Pompe disease to be considered for addition in Ontario’s newborn screening panel. In recognition of Newborn Screening Awareness Month, CAP urges Newborn Screening Ontario to expand its program to include this rare neuromuscular condition. Without early diagnosis and treatment, infants with this rare genetic illness are not likely to survive past the age of one.
Canadian Association of Pompe would like to express its support to include Pompe disease in Provincial/territorial Newborn Screening panels.