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Surveillance Toolkit

Surveillance Manual

A core component of the toolkit is the birth defects surveillance manual. Developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, this manual is primarily for use by low- and middle-resource countries developing or strengthening a birth defects surveillance program. 

Click here to access the birth defects surveillance manual »

CDC’s Birth Defects COUNT has a surveillance toolkit to help countries build and strengthen surveillance capacity and expand the availability of accurate birth defects data worldwide. These data can help drive birth defects prevention activities.

A birth defects surveillance manual, photo atlas, and facilitator’s guide serve as the primary technical assistance tools for ongoing birth defects surveillance workshops.

CDC also has an interactive online portal that houses all of the technical assistance products within the toolkit.

Get Involved

If you are a public health or healthcare professional currently involved or interested in birth defects prevention, here are some ways you might use the birth defects surveillance toolkit:

  • Browse the surveillance manual online for an overview on various topics related to establishing and implementing a birth defects surveillance program
  • Download and/or print a copy of the surveillance manual for more in depth background and instruction
  • Download the photo atlas to learn more about major external birth defects
  • Watch narrated presentations and videos to learn more about specific topic areas
  • Attend online webinars and tutorials to further your understanding of, and gain expertise in, birth defects surveillance
  • Train other public health or healthcare professionals to develop birth defects surveillance programs using the manual, facilitator’s guide and participant’s workbook
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