Child and adolescent health and development

Situation of Adolescent Pregnancy in South-East Asia

Adolescent health programmes in the Member States of the South-East Asia Region of WHO have progressively evolved over the last decade. Adolescent pregnancy has been identified as one of the major public health challenges and has implications for achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. This publication presents prevalence and trends on adolescent pregnancy and related health issues in the form of country factsheets and a regional summary.

Preconception care

Report of a regional expert group consultation
6–8 August 2013, New Delhi, India

Preconception care is a set of interventions that are to be provided before pregnancy, to promote the health and well-being of women and couples, as well as to improve the pregnancy and child-health outcomes. Adolescence is a natural extension of the pre-pregnancy phase of the life-course continuum and offers an excellent opportunity to foster healthy behaviours to ensure health during adolescence, positive reproductive health and healthy adulthood in the long term. This report presents the proceedings and recommendations from the Regional expert consultation, as well as the background knowledge on preconception care.

Situation of Newborn and Child Health in South-East Asia

The Situational Analysis is a compilation of factsheets on newborn and child health for the Member States in the South-East Asia Region of WHO. It has been prepared by undertaking an in-depth review of the most recent national household surveys like Demographic and Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, other national reports, and international data wherever available. The information covers the demographic indicators, mortality, nutrition status, and coverage of the core interventions for newborn and child health, as well as water and sanitation situation. It also highlights the existing socio-economic disparities in newborn and child health in relation of mortality and intervention coverage levels

Birth defects surveillance: atlas and manual

The manual is a collaborative effort between WHO, the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR). The Atlas of selected congenital anomalies is a companion tool to the manual for programme managers.
When used in conjunction with the manual, the atlas can help the reader to identify an initial list of congenital anomalies to consider for monitoring; describe the tools needed to define and code identified cases and to define specific congenital anomalies under surveillance.

Dr Neena Raina
Regional Adviser, Child and Adolescent Health
World Health Organization - SEARO
IP Estate, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, New Delhi, 110 002 India
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