Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

MCA highlights 2012-13: progress report

1 April 2013 -- This report presents highlights of the work accomplished by the WHO Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health in 2012 and 2013. The scope and mandate of the work of the Department are broad. Through research, MCA generates new evidence to shape norms, standards and guidelines that serve to guide countries in adopting the most effective, evidence-based policies and strategies. It supports building capacity for moving towards universal access to high-quality, integrated health services, and supports the measurement of progress. Much of this work has been carried in collaboration between WHO headquarters, regional and country offices, with other departments of WHO and with partners.

WHO releases set of distance learning modules for IMCI

WHO initiated the development of these distance learning materials on the Integrated Management of Childhood illness (IMCI), in an effort to increase access to essential health services and meet demands of countries for materials to train primary health workers in IMCI at scale. These materials are intended to serve as an additional tool to build skills of health workers in countries to support the provision of basic health services for children. The technical content of the modules are based on new WHO guidelines in the areas of pneumonia, diarrhoea, febrile conditions, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, newborn sections, infant feeding, immunizations, as well as care for development.

Public consultation on ending preventable newborn deaths

WHO conducted a consultation on the draft "Every Newborn: an action plan to end preventable deaths", receiving comments from the public in January and February. These are open to public view as well as the draft action plan itself. In addition, a document outlining the response to the comments received will be made available shortly. The final draft of the action plan will be presented to Member States at the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly in May 2014. The action plan is a roadmap for change. It sets out a vision and proposes a goal and targets to end newborn deaths from preventable causes. Five guiding principles and five strategic objectives are at the core of the plan.

New guidance for treating children with severe acute malnutrition

27 November 2013 -- WHO has issued new treatment guidelines for the almost 20 million children under-five worldwide who have severe acute malnutrition. Severe acute malnutrition is when children suffer severe wasting that may or may not be accompanied by swelling of the body from fluid retention. Children with severe acute malnutrition are among the most vulnerable people in the world.