Child and adolescent health and development

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.

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

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 continous 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 4-Step POCQI (Point of care Quality Improvement) package includes Coaching 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, analyse 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 will be used to build capacity of healthcare teams in the countries of the Region and beyond.

Strengthening Country Capacity on Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response

Report of a South-East Asia Regional Meeting
16–18 February 2016, Maldives

Despite significant reduction (of more than 60%) in maternal and child mortality, our Region missed achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5.

In response, a Regional flagship priority has been established for ending preventable maternal and neonatal mortality. To advance the flagship, the Regional Meeting to Strengthen Capacity on Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) was held in Maldives on 16–18 February 2016 to fortify the South-East Asia regional capacity and support country-level actions for maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR) to end preventable maternal and perinatal deaths.

The MPDSR meeting provided an opportunity for all SEAR countries to develop a 5-year term plan, a 3-year term plan and a plan for 2016 for implementing and expanding MPDSR in each country. The key message in expanding MPDSR was: “Think big, start small and grow slowly”. 

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