This year's theme "Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal - For Life!" asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding - in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown, and beyond. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
8 July 2014 -- WHO has launched "Consolidated guidelines on HIV diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care for key populations" in the lead up to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne Australia, which runs 20-25 July 2014. For each recommendation, the specific issues and considerations related to adolescents are provided. There are case examples in the service delivery chapter highlighting adolescents and the young and key populations technical briefs are annexed. During the conference the online multi-format tool entitled "Adolescent HIV testing, counselling and care - Implementation guidance for health providers and planners" will also be presented.
1–5th June 2014 -- WHO will be demonstrating support for the strengthening of midwifery at the 30th Congress through various workshops including on WHO's new Post Partum Family Planning Tool and a session on the latest in antenatal care and postnatal care. Also a WHO Partner Panel will include presentations on the forthcoming Lancet Series on midwifery and why midwives are essential to the Every Newborn Action Plan.
"Health for the world’s adolescents" is a dynamic, multimedia, online report. It describes why adolescents need specific attention, distinct from children and adults. It presents a global overview of adolescents’ health and health-related behaviours, including the latest data and trends, and discusses the determinants that influence their health and behaviours.
It reflects the achievements in developing the evidence base for action and touches on new interventions, new research and new delivery mechanisms. It also features adolescents’ own perspectives on their health needs.
Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health topical information
Caring for newborns and children in the community, adaptation for high HIV or TB settings
Consultation on improving measurement of the quality of maternal, newborn and child care in health facilities
WHO recommendation on community mobilization through facilitated participatory learning and action cycles with women’s groups for maternal and newborn health
Adolescent HIV testing, counselling and care
Health for the world’s adolescents: A second chance in the second decade
Investment in midwifery can save millions of lives of women and newborns
World Health Assembly guest speakers focus on gender-based violence and newborn health
Director-General announces new initiative to end childhood obesity