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.
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.
25 November 2013 -- "HIV and adolescents: Guidance for HIV testing and counselling and care for adolescents living with HIV" was launched today with a policy brief to support countries deliver better HIV testing, treatment, and prevention support to adolescents aged 10 to 19. More than 2 million adolescents are living with HIV, and many are not receiving the services they need, as services mostly target either younger children or adults. About one-seventh of all new HIV infections are acquired by adolescents. Those who are especially at risk of HIV infection are young women in sub-Saharan Africa; young men who have sex with men, transgender youth; those who are injecting drugs and those adolescent subject to sexual coercion and abuse in other regions.
19 November 2013 -- The economic and social returns of investing in women’s and children’s health are set out today in a landmark article published in "The Lancet". Increasing health expenditure by just US$ 5 per person per year up to 2035 in 74 high-burden countries could yield up to 9 times that value in economic and social benefits.
Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health topical information
- WHO recommendations on postnatal care of the mother and newborn
- Updates on the management of severe acute malnutrition in infants and children
- Short-term effects of breastfeeding: a systematic review on the benefits of breastfeeding on diarrhoea and pneumonia mortality
- Compilation of WHO recommendations on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health
- Levels and trends in child mortality 2013
Report on the 134th session of the WHO Executive Board
World malaria report 2013 shows major progress in fight against malaria, calls for sustained financing
Adolescents falling through gaps in HIV services