MCA highlights 2010-11: progress report
WHO's Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
The Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health was established from the 2010 merger of the departments of Making Pregnancy Safer and Child and Adolescent Health and Development. The merger represents a consolidation of efforts and a confirmation of WHO’s commitment to investing in Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 and ensures the application of the continuum of care from pregnancy through infanthood and childhood to adolescence.
The Department provides evidence, norms and standards and supports the adoption of evidence-based policies and strategies in line with international standards of human rights, including the universal right of access to health care. It also builds capacity for high-quality, integrated health services for pregnant women, newborns, children and adolescents, and monitors and measures progress in implementation and impact. To do this, the Department works closely with other technical units at WHO's headquarters and in regional and country offices and with partners.
The process of research and development of policies, norms, standards and tools, implementation, monitoring and evaluation is not a linear one but a cyclical one. WHO has a unique mandate to play a leadership role in that process. This highlights report for 2010-11 shows examples of key achievements in the period and demonstrates that the Department has continued to be highly productive and effective throughout its reorganisation.
Ultimately, it is the action and outcomes at country level measure the success of the work of the Department. This report provides a good picture of the depth and diversity of our work, and can serve as an inspiration for renewed and strengthened action for the health of mothers, newborns, children and adolescents.