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.
In 2009, WHO and UNICEF issued a Joint Statement recommending home visits for care of the newborn infant in the first week of life. Three years later, 30 out of the 58 countries of Africa and Asia have a policy on postnatal home visits. The meeting report documents the implementation of these home visitation programmes and the context of postnatal care in which home visits occur. Over 60 participants from countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa identified ways for increasing coverage of this effective intervention that will guide policy makers and managers of maternal and child health programmes.
Preterm birth is the world's largest killer of newborn babies, causing more than one million deaths each year, yet 75% could be saved without expensive, high technology care. That's the primary message and motivating theme of World Prematurity Day, 17 November, a global effort to raise awareness of the deaths and disabilities due to prematurity and the simple, proven, cost-effective measures that could prevent them.
Updated guidelines on basic newborn resuscitation
Globally, about one quarter of all neonatal deaths are caused by birth asphyxia - the failure to initiate and sustain breathing at birth. Effective resuscitation at birth can prevent a large proportion of these deaths. These updated WHO guidelines aim to ensure that newborns in resource-limited settings who require resuscitation are effectively resuscitated. They will also assist programme managers responsible for implementing maternal and child health programmes to develop or adapt national or local guidelines, standards and training materials on newborn care.
Newborn health topics
Statistics and epidemiology
News on newborn health
The unfinished agenda of the MDGs: women's and children's health
International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa
World Breastfeeding Week
Breastfeeding: Only 1 in 5 countries fully implement WHO’s infant formula Code
14th Board Meeting of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH)