Child and adolescent health and development

Improving the Quality of Care for Mothers and Newborns in Health Facilities

POCQI Manuals-Version 02
WHO-SEARO in partnership with WHOCC AIIMS, UNICEF, UNFPA and USAID has prepared a training package for building capacity of healthcare teams in health facilities for continuous quality improvement of maternal and newborn healthcare. The focus is on the care of mothers and newborns at the time of child birth since a large proportion of maternal deaths, newborn deaths and stillbirths happen around that time. The second version of the training package has an additional case study to improve care of small babies and sick babies admitted in newborn units in hospitals/health facilities. The 4-Step POCQI (Point of care Quality Improvement) package includes Facilitator Manual and Learner Manual that present a demystified and simple model of quality improvement at the level of health facilities using local data to identify quality gaps, analyze underlying causes and improve health care practices in their own specific context without much additional resources. The learning methods include short presentations, group work, activities, games and video clips. The POCQI package is in use to build capacity of healthcare teams in the countries of the Region and beyond.

Perinatal surveillance and Prevention of birth defects: Progress review

18 to 20 July 2017, Bali Indonesia
Regional meeting to review progress in perinatal surveillance and prevention of birth defects was held from 18th to 20th July in Bali, Indonesia to review progress in perinatal surveillance and prevention of birth defects. The objectives of the meeting were: -
- To provide global and regional progress on perinatal and birth defects surveillance and prevention.
- To review implementation of national action plans for prevention and control of birth defects and share experience in integrated approaches for prevention and management of birth defects.
- To share successful experiences and challenges in hospital-based perinatal and birth defects surveillance.
- To identify key country actions to strengthen surveillance and prevention for the next two years.

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.

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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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