The WHO-UNICEF joint South-East Asia Regional Strategic Framework aims to assist Member States to develop or strengthen their national strategies and plans to improve newborn and child health and development.
The Framework encourages Member States to incorporate a rights-based and equitable perspective into policies and actions within and beyond health systems, and emphasizes that multisectoral actions are essential for achieveing the desired outcomes for newborn-child health and development.
With the decrease in infant/child mortality rates, birth defects as a proportional cause of mortality would become significant in the countries. The World Health Assembly adopted Resolution WHA 63.17 that recommended to take actions to address birth defects. In response, the WHO Regional Office has initiated significant activities towards developing Regional strategy for prevention and control of birth defects.
The 'Strategic Directions' has been developed in consultation with Member States, Partners and experts from the Region to provide guidance and support to policy- and decision-makers in the countries of the Region to further scale-up their national adolescent health programmes.