Why does this network exist and who runs it:
The sub-Saharan African Congenital Anomalies Network (sSCAN) is a regional Congenital Anomalies (CA) surveillance network established to provide support for congenital anomaly surveillance and build capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The network is being established by a team of investigators with experience in CA surveillance, diagnosis and care of children with CA in Africa, from different countries including; Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and the United Kingdom.
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) bears the biggest burden of Congenital anomalies (CA), with 33% of global deaths in children under 5 years. There is an urgent need for capacity building in congenital anomaly surveillance and the establishment of collaborative research within and across countries in Africa.
The primary aim of the network is to improve the diagnosis of congenital anomalies* and care for affected children and families, and promote the identification and prevention of their causes:
(*structural congenital anomalies)
Our approach in this network is to:
Membership criteria is being established.
Funding acknowledgements: The seed Projects for the proposed African Network for Congenital Anomalies: Surveillance Prevention, and Care is funded by UKRI- Medical Research Council (MRC).