28th June - International Neonatal Screening Day
28 June 2022
Launched last year, this day celebrates Dr Robert Guthrie’s birthday (28th June, 1916 – 24th June, 1995), a microbiologist who introduced the paper blood spot card. His work and activities revolutionised the detection of children with inborn conditions, enabling the improvement of children’s health.
The INSD website explains:
"The aim of the day is to raise awareness about the value of neonatal screening, as well as encourage collaboration and the sharing of best practices to continually improve routine screening and ensure the newest scientific evidence is incorporated. The day is also about celebrating the vision of those who have helped make neonatal screening possible and will, in turn, encourage a new generation of stakeholders to extend its benefits to more children and a wider range of conditions."