Child and adolescent health and development

Recent Publications

Strategic guidance on accelerating actions for adolescent health in SEA Region (2018–2022)

Health and well-being of 362 million adolescent (10–19 years) boys and girls in the South-East Asia Region will be the key to the national development of Member States as they progress towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Regional Strategic Guidance on accelerating actions for Adolescent Health (2018–2022) provides a way forward to countries to build upon the existing national adolescent health plans using intersectoral approach and for providing comprehensive and multi-dimensional services.

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Improving Newborn and Child Health: A strategic framework (2018–2022)

The Regional Strategic Framework for improving newborn and child health (2018-2022) provides guidance to Member States on accelerating action towards further reduction in newborn and under-five mortality and progressing towards achieving SDG 2030 targets. The Strategic Framework also focuses on actions for promoting health, development and well-being of children in line with the “Thrive” and “Transform” objectives of the Global Strategy.

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Improving Newborn and Child Health: A strategic framework (2018–2022)

WHO South-East Asia Region has achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 related to under-5 mortality rate (U5MR) by reaching the level of 39 per 1000 live births in 2016, soon after the target date of December 2015. This achievement increases our optimism to now set our sights on the 2030 targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 as well as the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health to reduce the U5MR to at least 25 per 1000 live births. The Regional Strategic Framework for improving newborn and child health (2018-2022) provides guidance to Member States on accelerating action towards further reduction in newborn and under-five mortality and progressing towards achieving SDG 2030 targets. The Strategic Framework also focuses on actions for promoting health, development and well-being of children in line with the “Thrive” and “Transform” objectives of the Global Strategy.

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

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Child and Adolescent Health Unit
Department of Family Health Gender and Life Course (FGL)
World Health Organization - SEARO
IP Estate, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, New Delhi, 110 002 India
Tel : +91 11 2337 0804 Ext: 26315 Fax : +91 11 2337 8510
Email : secah@who.int