(FAS) Awareness Day

9 September 2021

International FAS-Day

History of International FAS Day

At 9:09 a.m. on September 9, 1999, the first International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Awareness Day was observed.

The date and time were chosen to mark the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month, which serves as a reminder that FAS, like all Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), is completely preventable if a woman does not consume alcohol during the 9 months of pregnancy.

Yet, alcohol-exposed pregnancies continue to be a leading cause of birth defects and mental retardation worldwide, and children with an FASD often go unrecognized or are misdiagnosed, even as adults.

Virtual Invitation to
International FAS Day

Programme for
International FAS Day

FASfacts’ Bell Ringing Ceremony

Symbolism of International FAS Day

There are 101 REASONS not to drink alcohol when pregnant

FASfacts cannot overcome the huge challenge of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in South Africa on its own. We need each and every individual to take our hands so that we as a common team can eradicate this social problem amongst our most vulnerable communities.
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