UMMID stands for Unique Methods of Management and treatment of Inherited Disorders.
DBT has started the UMMID Initiative which is designed on the concept of ‘Prevention is better than Cure’.
Taking into account the congenital and hereditary genetic diseases are becoming a significant health burden in India, and realizing the need for adequate and effective genetic testing and counselling services.
Aims of the initiative:
to establish NIDAN Kendras to provide counselling, prenatal testing and diagnosis, management, and multidisciplinary care in Government Hospitals wherein the influx of patients is more,
to produce skilled clinicians in Human Genetics, and
to undertake screening of pregnant women and newborn babies for inherited genetic diseases in hospitals at aspirational districts.
Why such an initiative?
In India’s urban areas, congenital malformations and genetic disorders are the third most common cause of mortality in newborns.
With a very large population and high birth rate, and consanguineous marriage favored in many communities, prevalence of genetic disorders is high in India.