Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Improving preterm birth outcomes: WHO launches new guidance

Woman carrying a preterm baby using the

24 August 2015 -- Every year, around 15 million babies are born preterm. Complications of preterm birth are the leading cause of death amongst children under five years of age, responsible for nearly one million deaths in 2013.

WHO’s new guidance WHO recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes offers recommendations on what can be done when preterm birth is imminent and after birth, with the aim of improving the chance of survival and health outcomes for preterm infants and their mothers.

World Breastfeeding Week

Mother breastfeeding her infant

1 August 2015 -- This year's theme is "Breastfeeding and work. Let's make it work!". "Breastfeeding takes very little time out of an employee’s day and lasts for such a small period over a woman’s entire career," says WHO's Assistant Director-General Dr Flavia Bustreo. "When working women are supported and given some flexibility at this special time in their lives, they are likely to be more committed and happier at work."

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

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27 July 2015 -- New evidence from a Countdown case study on 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 greater investments are needed to address 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. The study was conducted by a team of national and international researchers led by the Malawi National Statistical Office in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, WHO, and University College London.

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.


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