Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Newborn health

World Prematurity Day

17 November 2014 -- WHO joined thousands of people worldwide in marking this year’s World Prematurity Day. Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm, which is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. This is more than one in 10 babies – and these numbers are rising. The annual event, which takes place across the world, brings people together to raise awareness of the global problem of preterm birth, which is the leading cause of death globally in children under the age of five.

Caring for newborn and children in the community: new health worker manual


22 July 2014 -- WHO/MCA initiated the development of the materials Caring for the sick child in the community, to increase access to essential health services and meet demands of countries for materials to train community health workers in the context of the IMCI strategy.

Public consultation on ending preventable newborn deaths

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 revised draft action plan itself. In addition, a document outlining the response to the comments received is available, as well as the list of organizations that commented. 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.