The first INSD was celebrated on June 28th 2021 and will be celebrated every year in the future on the same date. The date of the INSD was chosen as a tribute to Dr Robert Guthrie, as such it is to be celebrated on his birthday: June 28th. Dr Guthrie, an American microbiologist laid the foundations for the detection of children with inborn conditions in the newborn period and dedicated his life to raise awareness of the need for neonatal screening.
INSD recongises those, such as Dr Robert Guthrie who have made this possible, in addition to thanking all who deliver these services, day in and day out, to millions of babies across many countries and have continued to do so during the current COVID-19 pandemic. INSD also celebrates the willingness of individuals, parents, patients, and professional societies who are committed to offering support to develop new screening programmes in countries where these do not already exist or need additional support.