The Born Healthy programme was established by the PHG Foundation as a response to the urgent need to reduce the burden of birth defects in developing countries. It has recently been singled out in a WHO report as one of three recent developments that could help improve global access to genetic screening. [See PHG News story for more information]
The programme has developed a comprehensive toolkit which can help countries to assess and prioritise their health needs and produce strategies to address them which reflect their local circumstances. The toolkit supports users in building an evidence-based case and guides them through the processes of engagement with decision makers in policy and service planning to achieve ownership of the problem, develop solutions and secure commitment to action.