Promoting health through the life-course

Nurturing care for early childhood development: Second online consultation open

A woman meets the gaze of an infant.

14–28 MARCH 2018 -- The Nurturing Care Framework for early childhood development is now entering its second phase of online consultations, with the release of a full draft of the Framework for input. The Framework builds on state-of-the-art evidence of effective interventions and recognises the critical importance of an enabling environment, with policies, information and services in a range of sectors including health, nutrition, education, social protection and child protection. Join the consultation, have your say and help give every child the best start in life.

Gender equality must be at the core of "Health for All"

WHO/Y. Shimizu

8 MARCH 2018 – Today, for International Women's Day, we imagine a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health care, a world in which women and girls can freely exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights, and one where all women and girls are treated and respected as equals. At WHO, we’re speaking up for women and girls’ right to health.

Nursing Now

27 FEBRUARY 2018 – Nurses and midwives make up half of the health workforce. They have a a critical role to play in helping achieve universal health coverage. On 27 February 2018 at 14:00 (CET), join WHO for the launch of a new global campaign, called Nursing Now, to empower and support nurses in meeting 21st century health challenges.

WHO scaling up routine immunization coverage in South Sudan

Mr Abdulaziz Gwarzo EPI consultant training vaccinators during the phase II meningitis campaign

22 FEBRUARY 2018 - To strengthen and increase routine immunization coverage in conflict affected areas, WHO conducted multiple service delivery activities including accelerated outreach, measles follow-up campaign and phase II of the meningitis campaign in the conflict affected states of Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile to reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases including measles and meningitis outbreaks.

PMNCH’s current and incoming Chair Mrs Machel and President Bachelet, join drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

Mrs Michele Bachelet and Mrs Graça Miachel
Gubierno de Chile

20 FEBRUARY 2018 - PMNCH Board Chair Mrs Graça Machel, SDG Advocate and Founder of the Graça Machel Trust and incoming Chair President Michelle Bachelet of Chile have both been named Commissioners to the first-ever WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, announced the Commission, which will seek to identify and propose bold and practical ways to curb the world’s leading causes of death and illness.

Europe observes a 400% increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous year

WHO/Alex Shpigunov

20 FEBRUARY 2018 – Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region. The disease affected 21 315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017, following a record low of 5273 cases in 2016. The surge in measles cases in 2017 included large outbreaks (100 or more cases) in 15 of the 53 countries in the Region.

Making childbirth a positive experience

Parents with their newborn baby, Malaysia.
WHO/Yoshi Shimizu

15 FEBRUARY 2018 - The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health seeks to ensure that not only do women survive childbirth complications if they arise, but also that they thrive and reach their full potential for health and life. In line with this objective, a new guideline brings together existing and new recommendations that address not only the clinical requirements for a safe labour and childbirth but also meet the psychological and emotional needs of women.

Updated and expanded guidance for family planning providers worldwide

Woman receiving family planning counselling, Senegal.
Jonathan Torgovnik

13 FEBRUARY 2018 - Crucial to the success of family planning efforts worldwide is a well-educated and trained workforce, for whom this new edition of Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, commonly known as the FP Global Handbook, has been published today.

Working to end myths and misconceptions about female genital mutilation

A woman social worker (centre) speaks about the dangers of FGM to a girl and her mother at their home, Egypt

6 FEBRUARY 2018 - Today WHO joins individuals, organizations and UN partners worldwide in marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM has no health benefits, and it harms girls and women in many ways. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. Despite this, a number of myths and misconceptions about FGM persist, which support the perpetuation of this harmful practice.

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Promoting good health through the life-
course cuts across all areas of WHO’s
work including the health of women
before, during and after pregnancy, and
of newborns, children, adolescents,
and older people, taking into account
social determinants of health, gender,
equity and human rights.

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