Delivery of genetic services in developing countries

Victor B. Penchaszadeh

in Genetics and Public Health in the 21st Century

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195128307
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864485 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Medical Genetics

Delivery of genetic services in developing countries

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This chapter discusses the priorities and organization of genetic services in the developing world against the background of the realities of underdevelopment. To define goals for genetic services in developing nations, efforts must be made to improve knowledge of the impact of genetic disorders in the community. Epidemiological research should be stimulated to provide better data on the prevalence and types of birth defects, genetic diseases, and genetic predispositions to common diseases at the country level. Issues of population structure (i.e., consanguinity, founder effects, cultural and geographic isolation) must be studied to assess their influence on geographical clusters of genetic diseases. The health beliefs, traditions, and social expectations of communities should also be assessed properly before setting program goals.

Keywords: developing countries; genetic services; underdevelopment; public health; birth defects

Chapter.  10902 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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