AbstractThe field of Newborn Screening (NBS) has come a long way since the days of Dr. Guthrie and the introduction of PKU screening in the 1960s. Most developed countries now have expanded NBS programs covering a range of disorders, many of which are population based. In many developing countries, due to a number of factors, the role of expanded NBS programs is often left to the private sector and for those who can afford to pay for the test.
During this presentation, the role of the private sector in NBS will be highlighted, with specific reference to the experience in Jordan. The presentation will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the private sector taking a leading role in NBS.
The presentation will focus on the importance of offering this test especially within communities with high rates of consanguinity and how education can help positively change the outcome for future generations.