Honor Award for the Development of a Birth Defects Surveillance Toolkit

The Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders (DCDD) Surveillance Working Group was awarded the 2015 CDC Honor Award for their development of a birth defects surveillance toolkit.  The toolkit is the first of its kind – a comprehensive birth defects surveillance tool for public health professionals working in low- and mid-resource countries where birth defect prevalence is high, awareness and medical care for affected individuals is lacking, and capacity for birth defect surveillance is low. This Award represents the power of strong partnerships, dedicated staff, and supportive leadership.

Although some of the group members have since retired or left NCBDDD for other opportunities, the development of the Toolkit was truly a group effort spanning multiple years. Group members receiving this award are Alina Flores, Diana Valencia, Jennifer Williams, RJ Berry, Fernando Arena, Jaime Frías, Hilda Razzaghi, Csaba Siffel, Alejandro Azofeifa, Michael Cannon, Jorge Rosenthal, Christina Hillard, Yan Ping Qi, Joseph Mulinare, Ibrahim Zaganjor, and Ahlia Sekkarie.  Significant input was also provided by Joseph Sniezek, Peggy Honein, and Cindy Moore over the course of the Toolkit’s development.

This effort was done in collaboration with our global partners from the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, including Lorenzo Botto and Pierpaolo Mastroiacovo, as well as colleagues from the World Health Organization (WHO), including Juan Pablo Peña Rosas and Luz Maria de Regil (formerly with WHO).

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