Romitti participates in release of a new toolkit for global birth defects surveillance

Published on January 21, 2021

A portrait of Paul Romitti of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.In his role as executive committee chair for the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR), Paul Romitti, professor of epidemiology, recently participated in a World Health Organization (WHO) webinar to release a new global resource to support population-based surveillance programs for birth defects.

“Birth Defects Surveillance: A Manual for Program Managers” is a collaborative effort between the WHO, ICBDSR, the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the March of Dimes. The manual is intended “to serve as a tool for the development, implementation and ongoing improvement of a congenital anomalies surveillance program, particularly for countries with limited resources,” according to the WHO.

The toolkit is available at