Child and adolescent health and development

World Birth Defects Day, March 3, 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.


SOPs: Hospital-based Birth Defects Surveillance

A guide to establish and operate

Policy Briefs

Prevent birth defects - Ensure quality of life and dignity