2-5 March 2015 // WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development in collaboration with the International Clearinghouse of Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are convening an intermediate level training workshop on surveillance and prevention of congenital anomalies and preterm births in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania from 2 to 5 March 2015.
This training workshop will include focused lectures and practical small group sessions. This workshop is intended for participants with a working knowledge of surveillance, and ideally those who have attended a birth defects surveillance workshop previously.
The training workshop will:
- Provide intermediate-level skills and tools necessary to begin or strengthen a surveillance system for the monitoring of selected congenital anomalies;
- Include practical information and small groups discussion on:
- classification and coding, and data presentation;
- how to establish a worldwide collaboration
- Successes and challenges have been made in programme implementation.
The main objectives of this training workshop are that participants:
- Describe the purpose and importance of public health surveillance of congenital anomalies;
- Describe their progress with the development or strengthening of a surveillance programme on congenital anomalies in their countries;
- Describe the tools needed to ascertain and code identified cases;
- Describe the processes for managing and analyzing data;
- Understand how to calculate prevalence of congenital anomalies;
- Develop a plan for implementation or strengthening, and evaluation of a surveillance system in their countries;
- Identify partnerships that have helped, or can help, build and sustain a surveillance system;
- Identify gaps and finalized country protocols;
Participants will be encouraged to bring information regarding their plans and their progress to date to implement or strengthen their birth defects surveillance programmes. Further opportunities for interaction will be provided after the course, as participants return to their countries to implement and expand local activities of surveillance and prevention.