Health professionals working in the field of congenital disorders can now benefit from six new topics published today in the PHG Foundation’s Health Needs Assessment Toolkit for Congenital Disorders.

The new Toolkit topics are Congenital Heart Disease, Congenital Hypothyroidism, Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemias, Rhesus Haemolytic Disease, and Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency.

Congenital disorders, more commonly called birth defects, is an umbrella term for a group of serious disorders present from birth, the effects of which can be devastating - for the life chances of newborns and for the wellbeing of their families. The web-based Toolkit provides users - particularly in low- and middle-income countries - with a roadmap to implementing essential services to reduce this suffering.

The Toolkit is completely free to use, and is accessible online here

The Toolkit now has resources on the following topics:

  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Hypothyroidism
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemias
  • Rhesus Haemolytic Disease
  • Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase  Deficiency
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Neural tube defects
  • Orofacial clefts
  • Health services
  • Preconception care and screening  
  • Prenatal services  
  • Newborn screening    

Forthcoming topics to be released are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Teratogens, Congenital Rubella, and Congenital Syphilis. 

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