Prevention and control of birth defects in South-East Asia
Other TitlesReport of regional programme managers' meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 20-22 March 2012
AbstractWith improvements in the management of major causes of neonatal mortality such as infection and asphyxia, birth defects are increasingly seen as a major cause of stillbirths and neonatal deaths. Preventing birth defects-related mortality would contribute to further reduction in child mortality in countries and contribute to achievement of MDG 4. In view of this, the World Health Assembly adopted WHA Resolution 63.17 in May 2010, which identified actions to address birth defects to impact stillbirths and neonatal mortality. In response the South-East Asia Regional Office of WHO proposes to develop a Regional Strategy for prevention and control of birth defects in consultation with Member States and partner agencies. A Regional programme managers' meeting on prevention and control of birth defects was held from 20 to 22 March 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Presentations were made to summarize the global, regional and country situations. Key technical areas related to evidence for prevention of birth defects, birth defects surveillance, communication and advocacy were discussed. The draft Regional strategic framework for prevention and control of birth defects was reviewed and discussed. Based on the understanding developed in the meeting the national programme managers developed tentative action plans for prevention of birth defects for the next two years and for five years.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). Prevention and control of birth defects in South-East Asia. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205642