Prevention and surveillance of birth defects
Other TitlesReport of a meeting of regional programme managers, New Delhi, India, 14-16 April 2015
AbstractBirth Defects (BD) have been recognized as an emerging cause of under-five morbidity and mortality. The World Health Assembly resolution WHA63.17 in May 2010 has prompted the collaborative efforts of WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia and CDC-USA to address Regional priorities on neonatal-perinatal health and BD. Under the WHO-SEARO and CDC collaboration in the area of prevention of BD several landmarks have been achieved, including development of a regional strategic framework for prevention and control of BD and national plans on BD among nine countries from the Region. Rapid expansion of the South-East Asia regional network on surveillance for newborn morbidity, mortality and BD among the Member States is another product of this effort. This Regional Programme Managers' Meeting on Prevention and Surveillance of BD was organized on 14-16 April 2015, in New Delhi, India, by the WHO South-East Asia Regional Office to review implementation of national action plans, share experiences and challenges in BD surveillance, share progress on implementation of integrated approaches and discuss the follow-up steps. This report presents the proceedings of this regional network meeting. The report would be useful for national governments and other stakeholders to take forward the agenda of prevention and control of birth defects in the South-East Asia Region.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2016). Prevention and surveillance of birth defects. World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/204360