Child and adolescent health and development

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.

Birth defects surveillance in South-East Asia

The South-East Asia strategic framework on prevention and control of birth defects (2013─2017) underlines the importance of developing birth defects surveillance mechanisms to determine the burden and evaluate the preventive programmes as these get implemented in countries. The regional workshop on birth defects surveillance was organized by WHO-SEARO to build capacity of Member States in birth defects surveillance. The birth defect surveillance package developed by WHO, CDC and ICBDSR was used in the workshop. Participants reviewed the principles of surveillance and practised specific skills on birth defects surveillance.

WHO calls for stronger focus on adolescent health

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health for the world’s adolescents report has been launched on 14 May 2014. Drawing on a wealth of published evidence and consultations with 10 to 19-year-olds around the world, the report brings together, for the first time, all WHO guidance on the full spectrum of health issues affecting adolescents.
Maternal mortality ranks second among causes of death in 15 to 19-year-old girls in the South-East Asia Region. Early marriage and adolescent pregnancy are a public health problem in some of the countries in the Region.

Situation of Newborn and Child Health in South-East Asia

Progress towards MDG 4
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.

Dr Neena Raina
Regional Adviser, Child and Adolescent Health
World Health Organization - SEARO
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