Promoting health through the life-course

Responding to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused

Adolescents in a stairway, Russia
WHO/Sergey Volkov

20 OCTOBER 2017 – The sexual abuse of children and adolescents is a gross violation of their human rights and a global public health problem. Millions of children and adolescents are subjected to sexual abuse with devastating consequences for their health and well-being which often last into adulthood. Adolescents and children who have been sexually abused have specific needs, different from adults. In recognition of this, WHO has published evidence-based recommendations which specifically help health workers to provide quality clinical care to children and adolescents who have survived sexual abuse.

7 000 newborns die every day, despite steady decrease in under-five mortality, new report says

Elizabeth Wezena with babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit of the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital in the Upper East region of Ghana.
UNICEF

19 OCTOBER 2017 – Every day in 2016, 15 000 children died before their fifth birthday, 46% of them – or 7 000 babies – died in the first 28 days of life, according to a new UN report. At current trends, 60 million children will die before their fifth birthday between 2017 and 2030, half of them newborns, according to the report released by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank and the Population Division of UNDESA which make up the Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.

New subnational immunization coverage data now available

17 OCTOBER 2017 – For the first time, WHO is publishing immunization coverage data at the subnational level reported by 140 Member States worldwide. Data for over 20 000 subnational entities were received, which represents about two-thirds of all the surviving infants worldwide. The information is essential for countries to target their efforts to address gaps and increase immunization coverage.

WHO supports yellow fever immunization campaign in Nigeria

WHO

16 OCTOBER 2017 – The Government of Nigeria has launched a campaign to immunize 873 837 people against yellow fever in the states of Kwara and Kogi. The ten-day campaign began on Friday and mobilizes more than 200 health workers and volunteers. It targets residents aged 9 months to 45 years old. WHO and health partners have been supporting the Government’s response to the outbreak since the first case of yellow fever was confirmed in Kwara state on 12 September.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros appoints Cook Islands’ Elizabeth Iro as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer

Dr Tedros and Ms Elizabeth Iro
WHO

12 OCTOBER 2017 – Today, Director-General Dr Tedros appointed Ms Elizabeth Iro as the Chief Nursing Officer at WHO. Ms Iro is a registered nurse, and the Cook Islands’ current Secretary of Health. With this announcement, Dr Tedros fulfils a commitment he made during his transition to the Director-General role to appoint a nurse to his senior team. “I am thrilled to welcome Ms Iro to our team as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer,” said Dr Tedros. “Nurses play a critical role not only in delivering healthcare to millions around the world, but also in transforming health policies, promoting health in communities, and supporting patients and families.”

Progressing the SDGs through Health in All Policies: Case studies from around the world

Publication cover

12 OCTOBER 2017 – WHO and the Government of South Australia published the Case Study Book on Health in All Policies (HiAP), which describes experiences from around the world in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. While there is no single or simple model for HiAP, there is a growing evidence base of facilitating conditions for HiAP.

International Day of the Girl Child 2017: EmPOWER Girls

11 OCTOBER 2017 – WHO joins individuals, communities and organizations worldwide in marking this year’s International Day of the Girl Child. This event commemorates the importance of gender equality and human rights for the well-being and health of girls and young women everywhere. It recognizes that empowering girls to achieve their full potential is also essential for their families and for their societies.

Gearing up for world’s second largest oral cholera vaccination campaign in Cox’s Bazar

Cholera vaccination campaign in Bangladesh

9 OCTOBER 2017 – The vaccine has arrived. Micro-plans are complete. And hundreds of health workers and volunteers have been mobilized and trained to carry out an epic mission: The delivery of 900 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine to more than 650 000 men, women and children now crowded into settlements and camps near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

WHO releases guidelines to address overweight and obesity in children

A mother feeds her infant child; Nepal.
2013 Valerie Caldas, Photoshare

4 OCTOBER 2017 – As part of its response to the global epidemic of obesity, WHO is releasing guidelines to support primary healthcare workers identify and help children who are overweight or obese. In 2016 an estimated 41 million children under 5 were affected by overweight or obesity. Without effective treatment they are very likely to remain overweight and obese throughout their lives, putting them at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and premature death.

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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
environmental risks, social
determinants of health, gender, equity,
and human rights.

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