GlobalNutritionReport 18012 March 2015 // The Global Nutrition Report 2014 published 193 Nutrition Country Profiles, capturing the status and progress of all UN Member States. In anticipation of the Global Nutrition Report 2015, the Global Nutrition Report Secretariat will be launching a series of case studies on the Profiles, to be written by people actively working in each country. Authors are asked to reflect on the stories the profiles tell, compare them with the reality they see, offer ideas for using the profiles and ways of making them more useful. Submissions should contain original material and be less than 400 words with an additional brief biography of the author limited to 50 words. The submission deadline is April 1st 2015. Click here to see the call for submissions.

3 March 2015 // More than 8 million babies worldwide are born each year with a serious birth defect. Birth defects are a leading cause of death in the first year of life, and babies who survive may have life-long physical or mental disabilities. Spina bifida is the most common kind of neural tube defect (also called NTD). NTDs are birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth.

This training workshop will include focused lectures and practical small group sessions. This workshop is intended for participants with a working knowledge of surveillance, and ideally those who have attended a birth defects surveillance workshop previously. 2-5 March 2015 // WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development in collaboration with the International Clearinghouse of Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are convening an intermediate level training workshop on surveillance and prevention of congenital anomalies and preterm births in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania from 2 to 5 March 2015.

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