PAHO encourages regional countries to promote policies to provide a better quality of life for people with congenital birth defects and support their families. In this regard, PAHO's Latin American Center for Perinatology and Women's Health (CLAP) provides technical cooperation to strengthen surveillance systems in the countries of the region.
In the last five years, PAHO has worked to strengthen networks with experts, institutions and actors in the different areas related to surveillance, diagnosis and follow-up of newborns with congenital defects.
For Pablo Durán, PAHO's regional advisor on perinatal health, "the training for country leaders, the extensive network forged through the use of communication technologies and the addition of more countries to this process year after year are extremely encouraging results and, at the same time, a great commitment to continue advancing on the road to providing quality care to each newborn and their families".
In Latin America, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela have a birth defects surveillance system.