Child and adolescent health and development

South-East Asia Region New-born and Birth Defects (SEAR-NBBD) Surveillance Initiative

In 2014, WHO-SEARO created an online system of newborn-birth defects (SEAR-NBBD) database. The system was designed to support data management for newborn health, birth defects and stillbirths. The aim is to establish robust assessment of neonatal health and monitor the occurrence of birth defects in the region; to set relevant and appropriate baseline measures.
This surveillance network in collaboration with CDC-USA also provides the necessary training and monitoring required to run the system effectively. The objectives of NBBD surveillance are:
- To define the magnitude and distribution of birth defects by time, person and place
- To identify high-risk populations or identify clusters (aggregation of cases)
- To refer affected infants to appropriate services in a timely manner
- To monitor trends in the prevalence of different types of birth defects in a defined population

Global accelerated action for the health of adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to support country implementation

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WHO and partners recommend actions to improve adolescent health
More than 3000 adolescents die every day from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from WHO and partners. Global accelerated action for the health of adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to support country implementation – assists governments in what to do – as well as how to do it – as they respond to the health needs of adolescents in their countries. Case studies show that what is being recommended actually can be done. The full document with case studies, a summary document, a comic book, brochure and infographics are available below.

Mental health status of adolescents in South-East Asia: Evidence for action

This publication provides evidence from nationally representative school health surveys, implemented as part of the Global School-based Student Health Survey Initiative, on prevalence of self-reported suicidal behaviours and other warning signs of mental health problems.

World Birth Defects Day, 3 March 2017

Prevent and control birth defects
Birth defects affect approximately one in 33 infants and result in around 3.2 million birth defect-related disabilities across the world annually. In the South-East Asia Region, each year birth defects are responsible for an estimated 90 000 newborn deaths.

When not fatal, birth defects can result in long-term disability, impacting individuals, families, health systems and societies. The most common birth defects are heart defects, neural tube defects, and Down’s syndrome, with 94% of severe cases occurring in middle- and low-resource settings.

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Child and Adolescent Health Unit
Department of Family Health Gender and Life Course (FGL)
World Health Organization - SEARO
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