The Born Healthy programme was established by the PHG Foundation as a response to the urgent need to reduce the burden of birth defects in developing countries.
As initiatives to tackle diseases like malaria and HIV AIDS show positive results, birth defects become the leading cause of childhood death in low and middle income countries. Every year, around eight million babies are born with birth defects, and at least three million children die. Many more face a lifetime of disability, poverty and stigma.
Amid competing demands on limited resources, health professionals need to be able to make a compelling case for new programmes and services. The PHG Health Needs Assessment Toolkit for Congenital Disorders is a comprehensive and innovative system that provides a roadmap for collecting evidence of health needs and engaging stakeholders in planning and implementing strategies for prevention, treatment and care that reflect their local circumstances.
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