Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

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.

Close the immunization gap

A child being vaccinated.
WHO

20 April 2015 -- World Immunization Week, from 24-30 April 2015, will signal a renewed global, regional, and national effort to accelerate action to increase awareness and demand for immunization by communities, and improve vaccination delivery services. This year’s campaign focuses on closing the immunization gap and reaching equity in immunization levels as outlined in the Global Vaccine Action Plan, which is a framework to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through universal access to vaccines for people in all communities.

Caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary

Uganda: a young woman suffers from pain during labour.
UNICEF/Noorani

16 April 2015 -- Caesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly in high- and middle-income countries. Although it can save lives, caesarean section is often performed without medical need, putting women and their babies at-risk of short- and long-term health problems. A new statement from WHO underscores the importance of focusing on the needs of the patient, on a case by case basis, and discourages the practice of aiming for “target rates”.

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