Birth defects surveillance in South-East Asia : Report of the regional workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, 15-19 July 2013
AbstractThe South-East Asia strategic framework on prevention and control of birth defects (2013?2017) underlines the importance of developing birth defects surveillance mechanisms to determine the burden and evaluate the preventive programmes as these get implemented in countries. A regional workshop on birth defects surveillance was organized by the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, Thailand, with the support of the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, USA. It was attended by national nodal persons on birth defects, national programme managers responsible for surveillance in Member States, representatives of the Regional Network for Newborn Health and Birth Defects, and WHO staff from country offices (Bangladesh and Indonesia). The meeting was facilitated by experts from the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR), CDC, and the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. The birth defect surveillance package developed by WHO, CDC and ICBDSR was used. Participants reviewed the principles of surveillance and practised specific skills on birth defects surveillance. It was agreed that countries need to define the primary purposes of birth defects surveillance and decide on the surveillance mechanisms to be used based on the country context and capacity. Major and external birth defects will be prioritized for inclusion in birth defects surveillance. Tentative action plans for national birth defects surveillance mechanisms were developed by country teams.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2014). Birth defects surveillance in South-East Asia : Report of the regional workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, 15-19 July 2013. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/204836