Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: June 22, 2015
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification Letter: June 30, 2015
  • Presenters need to confirm and register: July 30, 2015
  • Early Registration Deadline: August 24, 2015
  • Conference Dates: September 21 – 24, 2015

About the conference

Recognizing the need to build capacity in lower-income countries for the prevention of birth defects and preterm birth and care of those affected, the goal of these biennial conferences has been to provide specific practical tools and approaches that developing country participants can use to implement and strengthen surveillance and health care delivery and influence policy and funding in support when they return to their respective countries.

Previous conferences: Cebu, Philippines (2013); Lodz, Poland (2011); New Delhi, India (2009); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2007); Beijing, China (2005); Johannesburg, South Africa, (2001)

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Health care providers, policy makers, researchers, donors, parent-patient organizations, other NGOs and youth volunteers from across the world interested in strengthening reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, with a focus on the prevention of birth defects, preterm birth and associated disabilities.

ICBD7 (2015) will be organized around the following topics, with the focus of each being on the presentation of successful best practices/models of prevention and care of birth defects and premature birth in East Africa and around the world:

ICBD 2015 Topics

  1. Birth surveillance and registration—issues, challenges, and strategies for establishing national and sub-national systems to capture accurate data on prevalence, mortality, disability and economic costs associated with birth defects, preterm birth and stillbirth
  2. Strengthening preconception and interconception care
  3. Improving pregnancy and maternal care
  4. Diagnosis and care of the affected newborn
  5. Strategies to reduce mortality and improve physical and developmental outcomes of newborns and children with a birth defect or with complications due to preterm birth
  6. The role of parent/patient organizations in advocacy and planning and delivery of equitable and ethical services
  1. Development of research networks and partnerships for the efficient utilization of limited resources
  2. Integration of services into existing national primary health programs for the prevention of birth defects and disabilities and care of affected newborns, especially in the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations
  3. Pre-service and in-service training programs related to children with birth defects
  4. Stigma and discrimination against children with birth defects and disabilities
  5. Educational and recreational activities for children with disabilities

Location

Accommodation

Special rates have been agreed for accommodation at the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel  (the conference location) as well as the Holiday Inn Dar es Salaam (within walking distance of the conference site). To book your hotel, please contact the hotel directly by email or phone and indicate that you are participating in the "ICBD 2015 conference being hosted by The Aga Khan Hospital".

THE CONFERENCE VENUE: DAR ES SALAAM SERENA HOTEL

Tel: +255 22 2112416

E-mail: Daressalaam@serena.co.tz

Website: http://www.serenahotels.com/serenadaressalaam/default-en.html

Room Type Accommodates Amount
Standard Room 1-2 $201.50
Superior Room 1-2 $221.50
Executive Room 1-2 $231.50
Executive Ocean Room 1-2 $251.50
HOLIDAY INN DAR ES SALAAM (700m from the Conference Venue)

*Participants receiving support for accommodation will be housed at this hotel. We will reserve your room for you after you have been notified of your abstract acceptance.

Tel: +255 222139250

E-mail: reservations@holidayinn.co.tz

Website: http://www.holidayinn.co.tz/

Room Type Accommodates Amount
Standard Deluxe 1-2 $100
Deluxe 1-2 $201
Suite 1-2 $243
NEW AFRICA HOTEL (1100m from the Conference Venue)

Tel: +255 2117050/51

E-mail: reservations@newafricahotel.com

Website: http://www.newafricahotel.com/

Room Type Accommodates Amount
Deluxe 1 $210
Deluxe 2 $230
Club Room (Pool Facing) 1 $136.50
Club Room (Pool Facing) 2 $150
Club Room (Ocean View) 1 $140
Club Room (Ocean View) 2 $160
HOTEL SAPPHIRE (1500m from the Conference Venue)

Tel: +255 779 11 22 33 /+255 789 110 044

Fax: +255 222135309

E-mail: hm@hotelsapphiretz.com

Website: http://www.hotelsapphiretz.com/

Room Type Accommodates Amount
Standard Deluxe 1 $75
Standard Deluxe 2 $90

For information about additional hotels and rates:
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Preliminary Program

Schedule

  • September 21
    Opening Ceremonies
    Keynote Address
    Welcome Reception
  • September 22
    Conference
    Free Night
  • September 23
    Conference
    Fellowship Night
  • September 24
    Conference
    Closing Ceremonies

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Confirmed Speakers to Date

  • Robert Armstrong, BSc, MSc, MD, PhD, Aga Khan University East Africa, Kenya
  • Abdulhakim Bayakub, Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Tanzania (ASBAHT), Tanzania
  • Hannah Blencowe, MBChB, Msc, MRCGP, PGCert Med Ed MRCPCH, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Geneviève Bois, MD, Montreal/Health, NCD Child Council, Canada
  • Coleen Boyle, PhD, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA
  • Arnold Christianson, MD, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Jennifer Howse, PhD, March of Dimes, USA
  • Christopher Howson, PhD, March of Dimes, USA
  • Alastair Kent, OBE, Genetic Interest Group , UK
  • Eve Lackritz, MD, Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, USA
  • Marti van Lière, MSc, PhD, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Health, Switzerland
  • Jennifer Lwehabura, Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT), Tanzania
  • Helen Malherbe, Genetic Alliance South Africa, South Africa
  • Cynthia Moore, MD, PhD, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA
  • Jeffery Murray, MD, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana, USA and Ghana.
  • Lawal-Aiyedun Olubunmi, RN, RM, Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Care Foundation of Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Carmencita Padilla, MD, MAHPS, University of the Philippines, Manila, National Institutes of Health, Philippines
  • Janna Patterson, MD, MPH, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Sunil Sazawal, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Joe Leigh Simpson, MD, FACOG, FACMG, March of Dimes, USA
  • Bradford Therrell, PhD, National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center (NNSGRC), USA
  • Salimah Walani, PhD, MPH, RN, March of Dimes, USA
  • Sierra Washington, MD, MSc, CCBRT/Kupona Foundation, Tanzania
  • Khalid Yunis, MD, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Committees

  • Coleen Boyle, USA
  • Eduardo Castilla, Brazil
  • Jennifer Howse, USA
  • Ishwar Verma, India
  • Gijs Walraven, Switzerland
  • Robert Armstrong, Tanzania – Chair
  • Sisawo Konteh, Tanzania – Co-Chair
  • Christopher Howson, USA – Co-Chair
  • Mushtaq Ahmed, Tanzania
  • Arnold Christianson, South Africa
  • Alastair Kent, UK
  • Cynthia Moore, USA
  • Georgina Msemo, Tanzania – (MOHSW)
  • Jeffrey Murray, USA
  • Carmencita Padilla, Philippines
  • Lesley Regan, UK
  • Sulaiman Shahabuddin, Tanzania
  • Joe Leigh Simpson, USA
  • Khalid Yunis, Lebanon
  • John Tole, Kenya – Chair
  • Nuruddin Lakhani, Tanzania – Co-Chair
  • Salimah Walani, USA – Co-Chair
  • Khairunnisa Dhamani, Tanzania
  • William Kafura, Tanzania (MOHSW)
  • Janneth Mghamba, Tanzania (MOHSW)
  • Shaffiq Mohamed, Tanzania
  • Anitah Muruve, Tanzania
  • Joseph Sniezek, USA
  • Zeenat Sulaiman – Chair
  • Riddhi Davda
  • Safiyya Devraj
  • Rahim Jassani
  • Shehzad Kabirani
  • Edina Mullumba
  • Athuman Seleman
  • Megan Bruno
  • Orakya Danda
  • Adellah Kimambo
  • Frida Samuel Kitundu
  • Jimmy Mutayabalwa
  • Coletha Sipemba

Registration

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: June 22, 2015
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification Letter: June 30, 2015
  • Presenters of accepted abstracts must register by: July 30, 2015
    >> If you have submitted an abstract, please wait for the acceptance decision letter before registering.
  • Early Registration Deadline: August 24, 2015

Registration fees include the following:

  • Participation in all scientific sessions
  • Admission to the welcome reception and fellowship night
  • Conference programme
  • Book of abstracts
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Conference kit and materials
  • Lunch and Tea/Coffee breaks

Limited funding may be available to provide support with waiver of the registration fee and hotel accommodation for a small number of participants with accepted abstracts. To qualify for this support, the presenter must be affiliated with an organization whose headquarters are based in a low- or middle-income country. The provision and amount of this support will depend on the availability of funds.

  • Early Registration Fee: $350 (Deadline August 24, 2015 11:59pm EAT)
  • Onsite Registration Fee: $500 (Begins September 21, 2015 at Serena)
  • Regular Student Rate: $250 (Only applied if meeting the early registration deadline)
  • Students and professionals affiliated with a not-for-profit institution, which has its headquarter in a low- or middle-income country: $100
    >> For a list of country income level classifications, check here the following the link >> Organizational information will be verified by the organizers as needed
  • Late Registration Fee: $450 (Deadline September 20, 2015 11:59pm EAT)
  • Registration for anyone affiliated with a local Tanzania-based not-for-profit organization: $25 (Must register by the early registration deadline)
  • Waived Registration Fee: If eligible you will receive a one-use code
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Abstract Submission

General Information

We are now accepting abstracts for the 7th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World to be held on 21-24 September 2015 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Submission Deadline: Abstracts will be accepted until June 22, 2015.

Notification of Abstract Acceptance:All authors will be notified via email by June 30, 2015. Please make sure your email address is correct and up-to-date.

Registration:Once your abstract is accepted, the presenting author must register for the conference by July 30, 2015.

Participation Support: Limited funding may be available to provide support withwaiver of the registration fee and hotel accommodation for a small number of participants with accepted abstracts. To qualify for this support, the presenter must be affiliated with an organization whose headquarters are based in a low- or middle-income country. The provision and amount of this support will depend on the availability of funds.

Conference Topics

Professionals, policy makers, researchers and students working in the areas related to the theme and topics of this conference are invited to submit abstracts for consideration. The conference will be organized around the following topics, with the focus of each being on the presentation of successful best practices/models of prevention and care of birth defects and premature birth in East Africa and around the world:

  1. Birth surveillance and registration— issues, challenges, and strategies for establishing national and sub-national systems to capture accurate data on prevalence, mortality, disability and economic costs associated with birth defects, preterm birth and stillbirth
  2. Strengthening preconception and interconception care
  3. Improving pregnancy and maternal care
  4. Diagnosis and care of the affected newborn
  5. Strategies to reduce mortality and improve physical and developmental outcomes of newborns and children with a birth defect or with complications due to preterm birth
  6. The role of parent/patient organizations in advocacy and planning and delivery of equitable and ethical services
  7. Development of research networks and partnerships for the efficient utilization of limited resources
  8. Integration of services into existing national primary health programs for the prevention of birth defects and disabilities and care of affected newborns, especially in the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations
  9. Pre-service and in-service training programs related to children with birth defects
  10. Stigma and discrimination against children with birth defects and disabilities
  11. Educational and recreational activities for children with disabilities

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts may be submitted for one of the following forms of presentation:

  • Oral Presentation: PowerPoint presentation to be delivered by one of the authors in the assigned scientific sessions.
  • Poster Presentation: Printed poster to be created by the author and ready to be affixed to a poster panel at the conference site.
  • The preference of presentation type should be indicated when submitting the abstract. However, the Scientific Review Committee reserves the right to determine whether an abstract, if accepted, should be presented as an oral or a poster presentation. Detailed information on the specific guidelines for presentation preparation, including the duration and timing of the presentation, poster dimensions, accepted file type and uploading information will be emailed to the presenter upon abstract acceptance.
  • All abstracts must be submitted online through the submission form fields found below.  The text should not exceed 300 words, not including the title. Abstracts that exceed this word limit will be rejected.Nonstandard abbreviations are not allowed in abstract titles. Abbreviations may be used in the body of an abstract if they are defined at their first mention in the text
  • The accuracy of the submitted abstract is the responsibility of the authors. Authors should prepare and proofread their abstracts carefully prior to submission
  • All steps on the abstract submission form must be completed
  • Do not include trade or brand names in your abstract
  • All abstracts must be prepared in English and must describe clearly the purpose and results of the research and should contain the following sections:
    Title: Descriptive title clearly identifying the subject matter of the study
    Objectives: Clearly stated purpose, research questions or the hypothesis
    Methods: Research design, setting, sampling criteria and statistical analysis
    Results and Discussion: Quantitative or Qualitative results in relation to the objectives
    Conclusions: Significance and implications of the results
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Travel

Tanzania

  • Capital City: Dodoma
  • Calling Code: +255
  • Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS)
  • Population (EST): 4,364,541
  • Official language: Swahili, English
  • Time Zone: EAT (UTC+3)
  • Best time to visit: Late June to October – or before 1498, when the first European arrived.

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam ‎(meaning ‘Haven of Peace’), is the largest city in Tanzania (population estimated at 4 million), the third-fastest-growing city in Africa and the ninth-fastest- growing in the world. The city has a very humid climate and relatively stable temperatures.

The city is a melting pot of culture and ethnic diversity. The hustle and bustle of the streets is busy with a culture you’ve never experienced before. There is plenty to do in Dar es Salaam, from watching sunsets at the habor to eating delicious local food, the city’s charm will have you begging to stay longer. For more information on sight seeing and eateries, click the link below:
“Amani, Upendo, Umoja” (“Peace, Love, Unity”)
“Hakuna Matata” (“no worries, not a problem”)

Getting under the Skin:
Read Emily Said-Ruete’s Memoirs of an African Princess – an autobiographical glimpse into a life of a Zanzibari princess who eloped to Europe.
Listen to music from Tanzania & Zanzibar, Vol 2. By various artists – A reflection of Zanzibar’s Afro-Arab culture.
Watch the spectacular IMAX documentary Kilimanjaro – To the Roof of Africa directed by David Breashers.
Eat pilau (a tasty meat and rice dish full of Spice Island’s aromatic produce) or ugali (a bland staple made from maize or cassava flour, eaten with a sauce/curry)
Drink Konyagi – a potent white-rum-style drink

Attraction
Harbour, Kivokoni Front, and Fish Market

Harbour, Kivokoni Front, and Fish Market

The busy sea

Dar es Salaam harbour is the port to some of the world's most important sea routes. Visit the northern section with its famous fish market.

Attraction
Askari Monument

Askari Monument

Historical Statue

A historical monument located in the city centre. The statue is dedicated to those who fell in World War I.

Shopping
Mwenge market

Mwenge Market

Traditional Products

An assortment of traditional local crafts for sale. It’ll be worthwhile simply to stroll by the various stalls, admiring the crafts you see everywhere.

Attraction
Askari Monument

National Museum and House of Culture

Archeology and history

Cultural and historical exhibits of Tanzania.

Ferry Services

There are many exciting places to visit in Dar es Salaam when on one of the Ferries.

Nonresident: $35.00 (Business Class)
$40.00 (First Class)
Resident: $18,500/- (Business Class)
27,500/- (First Class)
37,500/- (incl. breakfast)
Dar – ZNZ (Departure Times)
Azam Marine 7:00am to 9:00am
Flying Horse (Slow Ferry) 12:00pm
Fast Ferry (Fast Ferry) 7:30am to 10:30 am
Sea Express 7:30am
Sea Star 10:30am
ZNZ – Dar (Departure Times)
Azam Marine 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Flying Horse (Slow Ferry) 9:00pm
Fast Ferry (Fast Ferry) 7:00am, 12:30pm, 3:45pm
Sea Express 3:45pm
Sea Star 7:00am

*Flying Horse departs from Zanzibar at 10.00pm, will be anchored at Zanzibar until 03:00am. It then starts its journey and reaches Dar at 6:00am.

Culture
Tingatinga

Tingatinga Art Centre

Typical Tanzanian Art

The typical Tingatinga paintings are animal motifs, everyday scenes, and patterns that are simply unmistakable and colourful.

Attraction
Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Green and exotic

Here you should simply take a stroll through and let yourself be inspired by the flowering splendour.

Taxi Services

To get from point A to point B, taxi services are affordable if you bargain a good deal.
Avoid unmarked and unregistered cars particularly those which already carry passengers. It is wise to agree and negotiate on the fare before you begin the journey. Most taxi drivers carry mobile phone, if you like his driving then it is a good idea to note his number down for future reference. Most taxi drivers have their own allocated locations and areas that they usually work in, therefore ask the taxi driver before you take his number if this makes a difference in how long it would take him to reach you. Best choice would be the one that is allocated near you. The charge is always in Tanzanian Shillings. Fares vary from drivers to drivers, depending on their mood and the passenger. So always bargain before settling for a price as they tend to start with a higher price expecting the passenger to reduce it.

From Airport to Town 20,000 - 30,000 Tsh
Within Town Centre 3,000 – 7,000 Tsh
From Town to Mikocheni 10,000 - 15,000 Tsh
From Town to Sea Cliff 12,000 - 15,000 Tsh
From Town to Kawe 15,000 - 25,000 Tsh
Culture
Nafasi Art Space House

Nafasi Art Space House

Local arts and performance

The Nafasi Art Space house contemporary art, with 25 artists in residence. Plenty of films, exhibitions and performances to enjoy. Nafasi Art Space House

Shopping
Msasani Slipway Craft Market

Msasani Slipway Craft Market

Arts and crafts

Local and traditional crafts and paintings perfect for souvenir shopping.

Shopping
Oyster Bay Farmers Market

Oyster Bay Farmers Market

Food market

Every last Saturday of every month, this farmer’s market features local produce and other unique local finds.

Restaurant
Khana Khazana

Khana Khazana

Indian Cuisine

Amazing Indian cuisine with a buzzing atmosphere of live bollywood music on Friday nights.

Restaurant
karambezi

Karembezi Café

Continental

Continental cuisine with a breath-taking view of the Indian ocean. Located in the Sea Cliff hotel.

Shopping
Uhuru Street Kangas

DarUhuru Street Kangas

Traditional women’s clothing

These beautiful and colourful clothing often have special messages and meanings behind their particular styles, can be worn every-day or for beaches.

Restaurant
tuktuk-thai

Tuktuk Thai

Thai

Tuk Tuk Thai is the perfect spot for terrific Thai food; let these tantalizing treats tease your taste buds.

Restaurant
Zuane

Zuane

Italian

Zuane offers Italian cuisine; exquisite pasta and fresh pizza for everyone.

Attraction
Bongoyo

Bongoyo Island

Paradise

Bongoyo Island has white sandy beaches and bandas to enjoy the beautiful sights of the Indian ocean. The boat leaves at 9.30am, 11:30am, 13:30pm, 15:30pm and returns at 12:30pm, 14:30pm and 5pm.

Attraction
South Beach

South Beach

Sandy Beach

Away from the busy city life lies South Beach, an oasis of peace. Rent a room over night and swim the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Attraction
Safari

Safari

Wildlife

Tanzania is home to the most exotic wildlife on the planet. Take a trip to a wildlife reserve and stay at the beautiful Serena hotel, check out the offers below:
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Restaurant
Samaki Samaki

Samaki Samaki

Delicious local fish

What else to eat here but fish! Samaki is Swahili for fish! This has some of the best seafood in Dar.

Attraction
Azania Front Lutheran Church

Azania Front Lutheran Church

Church by the port

The Azania Front Lutheran Church is a landmark of Tanzania. It’s beautiful architecture is complimented by the sights of the port right next to it.

Attraction
Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Dream Island

Go to the dream island Zanzibar, it has so much to offer ranging from wild life, sandy beaches, history (stone town), culture and food.
Check out the best deals with the Serena Hotel.

Attraction
Mbudya Island

Mbudya Island

Fun and relaxation

10 minutes away from White Sands Resort lies Mbudya Island. Bandas (thatched huts) are available for rent on the beach, and locals sell fresh barbecued seafood and cold drinks.

Accommodation
Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel

Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel

High Class Hotel

High class and luxurious, the Serena Hotel has 230 rooms. The hotel is very close to the beach and is a popular location for business meetings and conferences.

Restaurant
Addis in Dar

Addis in Dar

Ethiopian

Highly recommended by tourists, Addis in Dar takes you straight to the delicious tastes of Ethiopia.

Café
Addis in Dar

K.T. Shop

Local snacks

A classic spot in Dar, come here for quick local snacks in this quaint outing. Order the famous Kababs and Masala Tea.

Restaurant
Mamboz

Mamboz

Barbeque

A melting pot of Tanzanian and Indian cuisine. Plenty of mishkaki (grilled meat) and sekela (barbeque chicken)

Culture
Azania Front Lutheran Church

Makumbusho Village Museum

Traditions

Insight into the traditional ethnic tribes of Tanzania.

Attraction
Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Dream Island

Go to the dream island Zanzibar, it has so much to offer ranging from wild life, sandy beaches, history (stone town), culture and food.
Check out the best deals with the Serena Hotel.

Restaurant
Barbeque Village

Barbeque Village

Barbeque

Experience the sizzling tastes of Barbeque Village located in Msasani. This is a very popular eatery for tourists and locals alike.

Accommodation
Hotel Sapphire

HOTEL SAPPHIRE

World Class Hotel

A world class hotel for your comfortable stay in the heart of the City Center. With a touch of love, Hotel Sapphire services make the guests feel at home and cherished . The 24hrs Spice &Ice restaurant caters to all taste buds while a well eqipped gym soothes the mind and body. Experience the expectional at one of the best hotels in the town.

Restaurant
Spice & Ice

SPICE & ICE

Indian and Sea Food

A reputed family restaurant in the heart of city center. Located at HOTEL SAPPHIRE, the restaurant offers Continental Cuisine, North Indian delicacies and a wide array of delicious Sea Food. It also offers healthy and nutritious Breakfast.

Accommodation
Kilimanjaro Hyatt

Kilimanjaro Hyatt

Fine dining

Beautiful views of the city and a melting pot of Indian, Asian and Tanzanian cuisine.

Restaurant
great-wall-china

Great Wall of China

Chinese

Great Wall of China is a restaurant located in Masaki. Dive into a mélange of authentic Chinese spices and dishes and eat to your heart’s content.

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