Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Launch of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

26 September 2015 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced more than US$ 25 billion in initial commitments over 5 years to help end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents, and ensure their health and well-being. Heads of State and Government, international organizations, the private sector, foundations, civil society, research and academic institutions, and other key partners are making these pledges at the launch of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health during the UN Summit for the adoption of the sustainable development agenda.

WHO 2015 accountability report shows results for women's and children's health

23 September 2015 -- In the 2015 Accountability Progress Report, WHO reviews progress on the implementation of 10 recommendations made in 2011 by the Commission on Information and Accountability (CoIA) which link investments to results for women’s and children’s health. The 2015 report highlights past accomplishments and reviews the broader achievements under the CoIA framework over the past five years. It reports that the recommendations have spurred action on long-neglected basic systems, like the tracking of births, deaths and financial resources at both national and global levels.

Child mortality rates plunge by more than half since 1990 but global targets missed

Illustration about social determinants of health in India
WHO/D. Rodriguez

9 September 2015 -- Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, according to a new report released today. Under-five deaths have dropped from 12.7 million per year in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015. New estimates in “Levels and trends in child mortality: report 2015,” released by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group, and the Population Division of UNDESA, indicate that although the global progress has been substantial, 16 000 children under 5 still die every day.

When young infants with severe infections can’t get to hospital

A newborn infant.

8 September 2015 -- About 1 in 10 newborns develop possible severe bacterial infection during the first month of life and more than 400 000 newborns die from these infections every year. In cases where the young infant cannot be treated in hospital, because hospitals are not accessible, acceptable or affordable to families, WHO has developed new guidelines for trained health workers to provide effective outpatient treatment.