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Birth Defects in India

Epidemiology and Public Health Implications

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  • Remains relevant for both India and other resource-constrained, low, and middle income countries

  • Discusses birth defects from a public health/health service approach

  • Is highly informative for both new and more experienced health workers and researchers in the field

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  • ISBN: 978-981-16-1554-2
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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxix
  2. A Public Health Approach

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Some Common Birth Defects

      • Anita Kar
      Pages 31-74
  3. Surveillance, Registries and Magnitude

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 95-96
    2. Birth Defects Surveillance in India

      • Prajkta Bhide
      Pages 97-115
    3. Magnitude of Congenital Anomalies in India

      • Anita Kar, Dhammasagar Ujagare
      Pages 143-167
  4. Prevention

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 209-210
    2. Haemoglobinopathies: Genetic Services in India

      • Sumedha Dharmarajan
      Pages 251-271
  5. Quality of Life

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 315-316
    2. Birth Defects Stigma

      • Anita Kar
      Pages 317-333

About this book

This book presents the epidemiology of birth defects and their public health and social implications in India. As neglected childhood disorders, birth defects remain invisible in global maternal and child health dialogues. Birth defects services are emerging in India. This book approaches birth defects from a public health perspective, identifying the core functions of a birth defects service. Keeping in mind the complex task of providing multidisciplinary services for children with disabilities and complex medical conditions, the book examines  the basic public health activities that have been put in place to address these conditions in India. The book describes  birth defects surveillance and the challenges of acquiring accurate and timely data on birth defects against the background of India‚Äôs mixed health system. It discusses opportunities for prevention of birth defects and describes the structure and function of an emergent  genetic service. It explores issues related to an integrated service for children with special healthcare needs, such as screening, early intervention, and rehabilitation. Furthermore, it describes the impact of these conditions on caregivers, including birth defects stigma. This book not only addresses a knowledge gap in the field of public health in India, but also explores the broader issues of  services for children with disabilities and disabling conditions in low and low-middle income settings where access to health care is not universal. 
 
Given the depth and breadth of its coverage, the book offers an essential resource for birth defects researchers, researchers in the field of maternal and child health, public health/ global health, disability researchers, and researchers from the fields of rehabilitation sciences, nursing and anthropology. This book will be a valuable read for social medicine/community medicine departments, global health courses, and public health schools in India and other low middle-income countries. 

Keywords

  • Birth defects
  • low middle income countries
  • disability
  • child health
  • maternal health

Editors and Affiliations

  • Birth Defects and Childhood Disability Research Centre, Pune, India

    Anita Kar

About the editor

Prof. Anita Kar is the former Director of the School of Health Sciences of Savitribai Phule Pune University (University of Pune), India, and the Founder-Director of the Birth Defects and Childhood Disability Research Centre, Pune. This research NGO is working on identifying contextually appropriate policies and services for congenital disorders and childhood disability in India, as well as advocating for including these conditions in the global maternal and child health dialogue. Dr Kar has a background in human genetics, public health and epidemiology. Her work in the field of birth defects has spanned over two decades and focuses specifically on examining how lack of services affect children, caregivers and families, and asking how birth defects services can be introduced in the resource-constrained health systems of low middle-income countries like India. She was responsible for establishing one of the first University Grants Commission approved Master of Public Health programs in the country.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Birth Defects in India

  • Book Subtitle: Epidemiology and Public Health Implications

  • Editors: Anita Kar

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-1554-2

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-1553-5Published: 09 July 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-16-1556-6Published: 09 July 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-1554-2Published: 08 July 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIX, 362

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Public Health, Health Policy, Social Care, Biotechnology

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-16-1554-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)