Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

New Countdown case study explores Malawi’s child health achievements, challenges

© 2008 Patrick Eozenou, Courtesy of Photoshare

27 July 2015 -- New evidence from a Countdown case study, which sought to better understand Malawi’s successes and challenges in improving health and development among women, newborns, and children, was presented today at a high-level event in Lilongwe, Malawi. The study shows that Malawi has dramatically improved child survival since 1990, yet Malawi still needs to focus on newborn survival. The event also featured the launch of a new national Child Health Strategy, and the presentation of important reports on Malawi’s Every Newborn Action Plan.

Global Financing Facility to end maternal and child mortality by 2030

Illustration extracted from Global Financing Facility Executive Summary
The World Bank Group

13 July 2015 -- The United Nations, the World Bank Group, and the Governments of Canada, Norway and the United States of America joined country and global health leaders today to launch the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child, and announced that US$ 12 billion in domestic and international, private and public funding has already been aligned to country-led five-year investment plans for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health in the 4 GFF front-runner countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly opens

Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany was a guest speaker at the World Health Assembly on Monday, 18 May 2015.
WHO/Violaine Martin

18 May 2015 -- The Sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly is taking place in Geneva from 18–26 May 2015. Officials from 194 Member States begin their annual review of the activities of WHO and set new priorities for the future. Many issue of concern to maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health are discussed at the Health Assembly.

Highlighting the critical role of midwives

5 May 2015 -- Today we celebrate the work of midwives worldwide in ensuring the care and survival of newborn babies. The theme for this year's International Day of the Midwife is "Midwives: for a better tomorrow”. As the Millennium Development Goals come to an end in September, this theme highlights the importance of having midwives involved in the development of the new set of goals called the Sustainable Development Goals to create a brighter future for mothers, babies, and families.


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Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA)
World Health Organization
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