More than 1 in 10 newborns die from a congenital disorder and, overall, nearly 500,000 under-5 child deaths are due to congenital disorders. Furthermore, the majority of newborns with a serious congenital disorder that survive face a lifetime of severe disability. Congenital disorders are also known to be associated with stillbirth and prematurity. In addition, several hundred thousand babies are born with congenital disorders due to poor care in pregnancy, such as micronutrient deficiencies, infections and exposures to alcohol. The same feasible, cost-effective and evidence-based interventions that can end preventable maternal and newborn mortality, can also end preventable maternal and child morbidity outcomes, including birth defects.


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Date(s) - 03/03/2019
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