Module 1: Introduction to Congenital Anomalies Surveillance


By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  • describe the purpose and importance of public health surveillance for congenital anomalies.

Note: This module is linked to Chapter 1 of WHO/CDC/ICBDSR Birth defects surveillance: a manual for programme managers.

Evaluation Questions 1
  1. Define congenital anomalies.
  2. Define public health surveillance.
  3. What is a primary goal of a congenital anomalies surveillance programme?
  4. Which of the following is NOT an objective of a surveillance programme for congenital anomalies?
  5. What are two main types of congenital anomalies surveillance programmes?
  6. True or false: Two minor anomalies are considered a major anomaly.
  7. True or false: In some cases, internal anomalies have external manifestations that allow the observer to suspect its diagnosis.
  8. What is an example of a risk factor associated with congenital anomalies?