Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Child health

WHO publication wins top medical book of the year award

The WHO Pocket book of hospital care for children has won the top prize in the British Medical Association book awards.

WHO published the first edition of the Pocket book of hospital care for children in 2005, after a study on the quality of hospital care for children in less-developed countries revealed a serious need for guidelines on specific illnesses. These guidelines focus on the major causes of childhood mortality.

Child mortality rates falling faster than ever

An infant holding the hand of an adult.

16 September 2014 -- New data released show that under 5 mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013. But overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under 5 mortality by 2015. The latest release of "Levels and trends in child mortality" shows that in 2013, 2.8 million babies died within the first month of life, which represents about 44% of all under 5 deaths.

World Immunization Week 2014: Know, Check, Protect

17 April 2014 -- Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect. This is the message of this year’s World Immunization Week, on 24-30 April. This short video encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

World Health Assembly approves monitoring framework for maternal and child nutrition

Lady with her child in Nepal Market
WHO/SEARO/V. Gupta-Smith

At the World Health Assembly, Member States approved a global monitoring framework on maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The WHO Secretariat was asked to develop recommendations for Member States on how to address the inappropriate marketing of complementary foods - foods for infants and young children who are still breastfed.