Birth Defect Surveillance - Manual for Program Managers and Online Course
- Birth Defects Surveillance: A Manual for Program Managers is a tool for the development, implementation, and ongoing improvement of a birth defects surveillance program, particularly for countries with limited resources. The focus is on population-based and hospital-based surveillance programs. Any country wishing to expand its current hospital-based program into a population-based program, or to begin the initial development of a population-based registry, should find this manual helpful in reaching its goal. This manual is a collaborative effort between the World Health Organization (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). It is available in English, Español, and Française.
- Online Self-paced Course on Birth Defect Surveillance and Prevention is designed for clinicians, epidemiologists, public health professionals, and anyone interested in understanding birth defects and improving their prevention and care. The course includes videos, quizzes, a discussion forum, and publications/resources. It was developed by the International Centre on Birth Defects (ICBD – ICBDSR Centre) and supported in part by funding from the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities through an agreement with the Task Force for Global Health. Once registered, you will receive access credentials, choose English or Español, and begin the course at your own convenience. See more information and register online.
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Fortifying flour with folic acid is credited with preventing 50,270 brain and spine birth defects in 2017 - an average of 137 a day. Only about one-third of the world's flour from industrial mills is fortified, however, so many more neural tube defects could be prevented with this proven strategy. Photo by Godwin Bamsa.