Strengthening newborn health and prevention of birth defects
Other TitlesReport of the South-East Asia regional network meeting, 23-25 April 2013, New Delhi, India
AbstractDespite a significant reduction in under-five and infant mortality, newborn mortality remains high in the WHO South-East Asia Region. The WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia has harnessed the leadership on newborn health by establishing the Regional Network on Newborn Health. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia has recently developed the Regional Strategy for prevention and control of Birth Defects in collaboration with Member States. It would be useful to establish a regional network that supports implementation of this Regional Strategy and surveillance and prevention activities in the countries. The Regional network meeting on strengthening newborn health and prevention of birth defects was organized and hosted by the WHO Collaborating Centre-the All India Institute of Medical Sciences - with the support of the Regional Office and the Unired States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National programme managers on newborn health and birth defects, members of regional newborn networks, birth defects experts, WHO staff from the regional country offices, and representatives from United Nations agencies and partners organizations attended the meeting. Consensus was reached to establish a Regional Birth Defects Network that would function in close coordination with the regional network on newborn health. Recommendations were developed for the Member States as well as for WHO, CDC and other partners. Proposed action for the next two years were also developed from each participating country. The report provides the summary of proceedings of the meeting.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2014). Strengthening newborn health and prevention of birth defects. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206418