Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health
The Nurturing Care Framework for early childhood development builds on state-of-the-art evidence of effective interventions and recognises the critical importance of an enabling environment, with policies, information and services in a range of sectors including health, nutrition, education, social protection and child protection. The Framework has now completed a second online consultation. The finalized Framework will be launched at the time of the World Health Assembly in May 2018.
15 February 2018 – Whilst much is known about the clinical management of labour and childbirth less attention is paid to what, beyond clinical interventions, needs to be done to make women feel safe, comfortable and positive about the experience. An increased medicalization of the process can undermine a woman’s own capability in giving birth and negatively impact her experience. These new recommendations bring together existing and new recommendations that address not only the clinical requirements for a safe labour and childbirth but also meet the psychological and emotional needs of women.
22 December 2017 – This review of activities by WHO's Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health includes a range of activities from country implementation guidance for adolescent health, the establishemnt of a Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, a report on the global implementation of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), the development of a nurturing care framework for early child development, an evidence map of social, behavioural and community engagement interventions to new guidelines on child overweight and obesity.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
25 November 2017 -- This important event is marked by individuals and organizations worldwide to raise awareness about this global issue and to take a stand to counter violence against women and girls. It is followed by 16 days of activism against gender based violence, which culminate on the 10th December, Human Rights Day. During this time, people are encouraged to wear orange, and buildings are lit up in the same colour, to symbolise a future without violence.
17 November 2017 -- World Prematurity Day is an opportunity to call attention to the heavy burden of death and disability and the pain and suffering that preterm birth causes, as well as a chance to talk about solutions. This year the theme is "Let them thrive," focusing on quality, equity and dignity. On this day, WHO, UNICEF and PATH have released a policy statement on ensuring equitable access to human milk for all infants
An evidence map to better target research on social, behavioural and community engagement interventions for women’s and children’s health
6 November 2017 -- WHO, 3ie and PMNCH have launched an evidence map and online tool to make available existing research on the effectiveness of social, behavioural and community engagement interventions for improving women’s and children’s health. It shows though there is a considerable body of evidence from which we can draw upon for lessons learned, there are still significant gaps in the evidence base.
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.
WHO Guidelines on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health
WHO's work on maternal and newborn health
- Improving quality of care for mothers and newborns
- Every Newborn Action Plan
- Publications, technical guidance on Zika virus
- Data on maternal health
WHO's work on child health
- Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI)
- Ending preventable child deaths from pneumonia and diarrhoea by 2025
- Nurturing care for early childhood development: a framework for action and results
- HIV and infant feeding
- Data on child health
WHO's work on adolescent health.
- What is the global situation of adolescent health?
- WHO's response: Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!)
- Adolescents sexual and reproductive health
- Adolescent health fact sheet
Improving maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health through evidence based guidelines and guidance.
Quality of care means safe, effective, timely, efficient, equitable and people-centred health care.
- More on what we mean by quality of care
Quality of Care Network
- Quality midwifery care for mothers and newborns
Standards for improving the quality of care for children and young adolescents in health facilities
Operationalizing nurturing care: meeting report
WHO recommendations: intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience
Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) global survey report
Operationalizing management of sick young infants with possible serious bacterial infection (PSBI) when referral is not feasible in the context of existing maternal, newborn, and child health programmes
WHO recommendations on maternal health
WHO recommendations on child health
WHO recommendations on adolescent health
WHO recommendations on newborn health
An evidence map of social, behavioural and community engagement interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health
Factsheets and infographics
- Maternal mortality fact sheet
- Newborn mortality fact sheet
- Child mortality fact sheet
- Adolescent health fact sheet
Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA)
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