Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

New data visualization tool to aid monitoring of progress for the Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD)

Children take water from a river.

This new tool presents data on 24 key indicators related to the protection, prevention and treatment of diarrhoea and pneumonia in children under 5 years of age, and 2 indicators on mortality due to the 2 diseases. Through maps and graphs, this visualization tool enables users to monitor: progress against GAPPD/SDG targets for 2025/2030/2040; the availability, completeness and sources of data; the distribution and trends of policy, coverage and health impact indicators.

Maternal Death Surveillance and Response

Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) is a continuous cycle of identification, notification and review of maternal deaths followed by actions to improve quality of care and prevent future deaths.

WHO and partners have been working with countries to map progress in implementing MDSR. This website shows this progress and includes profiles and case studies to illustrate the steps countries have taken to implement MDSR and innovative approaches to improve this.

Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health policy indicators

A midwife guides a mother who is breastfeeding her baby, Liberia.

WHO conducts periodic global Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) Policy Indicators Surveys, to track progress in adoption of WHO recommendations in national health policies and guidelines related to maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. Interest in the results of this policy survey has increased over time. Three rounds of survey have been completed (2009-10, 2010-11, 2013-14) and the fourth round (2016) survey is in progress since March 2016.

Data, statistics and epidemiology

World : Under-5 mortality rate (probability of dying by age 5) per 1000 live births, 2010

The work of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) in the area of epidemiology focuses on the generation, synthesis, analysis, use and dissemination of evidence at various levels in order to inform the cycle of research, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and to provide key strategic information which can lead to action and positive changes in policies, strategies, health system, and ultimately in maternal and child health status.

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303 000women died due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications in 2015.

Maternal mortality data


5.9 millionchildren under 5 died in 2015.

Under-five mortality


45%of under-5 deaths occur in their first 28 days of life.

Infant mortality