WHICH MATTERS MORE: GENETIC CODE OR THE POSTCODE?
As is the case with the rest of the world, a great majority of the population live in the cities in Turkey. Accordingly, we need to take action without delay to make our cities more suitable for babies and their caregivers. In Turkey, children under the age of 4 account for approximately 9 percent of the population. For Turkey, this means nearly 7 million babies and young children. In Turkey, 1.3 million babies are born every year. And this translates into more than 3,500 births every day.
It is the postcodes and not the genetic codes that determine what these babies will turn out to be in the future, how long they will stay in school, what kind of health issues they will suffer from, and approximately how much they will earn. In other words, it is actually the neighborhood we are born into and the facilities in its surroundings that determine how we will turn out to be in the future.
We can think of the genetic code merely as a plan. And it is our environment that determines how much of this plan will materialize, or in other words, how much of our potential we will realize. And it is at this point that the public, private sector and non-governmental organizations have a major role to play.