Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Towards a grand convergence for child survival and health: a strategic review of options for the future building on lessons learnt from IMNCI

Authors:
World Health Organization

Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Publication date: 2016
Languages: English

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Overview

This strategic review provides direction to the global child health community on how to better assist countries to deliver the best possible strategies to help each child survive and thrive.

Over the past quarter century, child mortality has more than halved, dropping from 91 to 43 deaths per 1000 live births between 1990 and 2015. Yet in 2015 an estimated 5.9 million children still died before reaching their fifth birthday, most from conditions that are readily preventable or treatable with proven, cost-effective interventions.

The review took as its departure point the implementation of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), developed by WHO and UNICEF in 1995 as a premier strategy to promote health and provide preventive and curative services for children under five in countries with greater than 40 deaths per 1000 live births.

It includes contributions from over 90 countries and hundreds of experts in child health and related areas, with 32 specifically commissioned pieces of analysis. The final product represents a collaboration of child health experts worldwide, working together to examine past lessons and propose an agenda to stimulate momentum for improving care for children.

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