International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Day is
observed every year on September the 9th to help raise awareness about the
importance of abstaining from alcohol for the nine months of pregnancy.
FASD has lifelong implications for individuals and their
families. Considered to be a “hidden disability,” FASD also impacts
various sectors of society including health, education, justice, and social
Dr. Svetlana (Lana) Popova, Senior Scientist in CAMH’s
Social and Epidemiological Research (SER) department, is
conducting a research study to
determine the global prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders (with focus on
FASD) among children in more than 10 low- and middle-income countries of
Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, as well as Canada.
Another study by Lana Popova is now online in the October
2013 Pediatrics journal. The study, “Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Child Care
Settings,” shows that children and youth taken into various child care
systems, such as ophanages or foster care, in eight countries are at higher
risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The authors recommend
screening for FASD be implemented in these at-risk groups of children.