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Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): guidance to support country implementation

More than 3000 adolescents die every day from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from WHO and partners. Global accelerated action for the health of adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to support country implementation – assists governments in what to do – as well as how to do it – as they respond to the health needs of adolescents in their countries. Case studies show that what is being recommended actually can be done. The full document with case studies, a summary document, a comic book, brochure and infographics are available.

Working with individuals, families and communities to improve maternal and newborn health: implementation toolkit

This toolkit was designed to support countries to integrate and operationalize key themes of empowerment and community engagement in maternal and newborn health programmes at the district level. It is also serves as a resource to support countries in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health. In addition to strengthening links between communities, local authorities, health services and other actors, the process outlined in the five modules will also contribute to strengthening links between the district, provincial and national levels of the health system.

Managing possible serious bacterial infection in young infants when referral is not feasible

To support the implementation of the guideline, Managing possible serious bacterial infection in young infants when referral is not feasible WHO, UNICEF and other partners developed a Joint Statement which summarizes a systematic process for managing sick young infants up to 59 days of age with possible serious bacterial infection in resource-limited settings. Infections are responsible for about one fifth of the world’s annual 2.7 million neonatal deaths. In South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa about one quarter of all neonatal deaths are due to infections. Many sick infants only have non-specific signs, and thus are not recognized to have infection. Even when the signs are detected, hospitalization and life-saving treatment may not be accessible, acceptable or affordable to families in settings with high newborn mortality.

Counting and reviewing every birth and death is key to preventing future tragedies

16 August 2016 -- Every day, women die during childbirth and babies are born stillborn. With quality health care throughout pregnancy and childbirth, many of these deaths could be prevented, but countries often lack the knowledge and capacity needed to take actions to stop other women and babies dying in the same way. To address this issue WHO is today launching two new tools to help countries improve their data on stillbirths and neonatal deaths as well as a report on the global status of implementation of maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR), a key strategy for reducing preventable maternal mortality.

Oxygen therapy for children

17 March 2016 -- Having effective systems for the detection and management of hypoxaemia are vital in reducing mortality from pneumonia and other severe acute illnesses. Oxygen therapy is essential to counter hypoxaemia and many a times is the difference between life and death. This manual focuses on the availability and clinical use of oxygen therapy in children in health facilities by providing the practical aspects for health workers, biomedical engineers, and administrators. It addresses the need for appropriate detection of hypoxaemia, use of pulse oximetry, clinical use of oxygen and delivery systems and monitoring of patients on oxygen therapy. In addition, the manual addresses practical use of pulse oximetry, and oxygen concentrators and cylinders in an effort to improve oxygen systems worldwide.

Improving paediatric quality of care at first-level referral hospitals

3 December 2015 -- Major gaps exist in many health facilities between evidence-based standards of care and the actual quality of services that are provided. In responding to this challenge, WHO has been working with countries to improve the quality of paediatric care in the district hospitals, building upon evidence and practical experiences. This report reflects the proceedings from a meeting held 27–28 July 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland, bringing together the 4 implementing countries, experts who provided support, WHO staff and the representatives from the Russian Federation as the donor.

Strengthening the capacity of community health workers to deliver care for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

12 June 2015 -- Given the growing momentum and interest in training community health workers, the United Nations health agencies (H4+) have developed this technical brief to orient country programme managers and global partners as to key elements for strengthening the capacity of CHWs, including health system and programmatic considerations, core competencies, and evidence-informed interventions for CHWs along the SR/MNCAH continuum of care.