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Birth defects surveillance training: facilitator's guide

World Health Organization (WHO), National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR), (2015)

The goal of this course is to provide participants with the foundational skills needed to begin the development, implementation and ongoing improvement of a congenital anomalies surveillance programme, in particular for countries with limited resources. It focuses on the methodology needed to develop either population-based or hospital based surveillance programmes. A set of congenital anomalies will be used as examples throughout this course. The specific examples used are typically severe enough that they would probably be captured within the first few days after birth, have a significant public health impact and, for some of them, have the potential for primary prevention.

Maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply during Zika virus outbreaks

World Health Organization WHO, (2016)

Inerim Guidance. These guidelines have been developed in recognition that infection with Zika virus may present a risk to blood safety, and in consideration of the declaration on 1 February 2016 by the WHO Director-General of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern with regard to clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders, potentially associated with Zika virus. Currently there is limited knowledge of Zika virus biology and lack of definitive evidence of a link between infection and potential complications


Pan American Health Organization PAHO; World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas, (2016)

Zika virus outbreak in the Americas: the need for novel mosquito control methods

Laith Yakob; Thomas Walker, (2016)

Lancet Glob Health. 2016 Feb 1. pii: S2214-109X(16)00048-6. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(16)00048-6. [Epub ahead of print] Open Acess

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