What works to improve young people’s sexual and reproductive health

22 AUGUST 2016 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — New research published today shows that there are number of intervention studies which can help to improve health outcomes in young people (ages 10-24), but there is no single action or intervention which can work for all young people, to address all of their needs. While several high-quality studies were found, they may only be applicable in specific settings for specific outcomes. More evidence is needed to show whether they can apply to other settings or help to improve additional sexual and reproductive health outcomes for young people.

Counting and reviewing every birth and death is key to preventing future tragedies

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16 AUGUST 2016 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Every year, 303 000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, 2.7 million babies die in the first month, and there are 2.6 million stillbirths. Nearly all stillborn babies and half of newborns who die do not receive a birth or death certificate, and thus have never been counted. We often do not know the numbers or causes of these deaths, and how to prevent them. WHO has launched three new publications and tools to help improve data on stillbirths and neonatal deaths, investigate maternal deaths and take action.

Join our International #YouthDay photo campaign and commit to adolescent health

© 2016 Sarah Hoibak VectorWorks, Courtesy of Photoshare

12 AUGUST 2016 | GLOBAL — On International ‪#‎YouthDay, PMNCH’s Adolescent & Youth Community will mark the day by telling the world the commitment they are making to help deliver the Global Strategy, particularly on adolescent health and wellbeing. You can join this campaign too! See what young people have committed to do, get involved and help make a difference to issues that matter the most to you.

The Global Strategy: Have you made a commitment yet?

8 AUGUST 2016 | GLOBAL — Since the launch of the Global Strategy more than 50 countries and 120 organisations have answered the call and committed to the goal of ending preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents and ensuring their right to survive, thrive and transform. Now, it’s your turn! Ahead of the UN General Assembly, the Secretary-General’s office is asking you to take bold steps for women, children and adolescents with sustainable, innovative and long-term focused commitments. Pledges will be highlighted at a high-level event during the General Assembly. Deadline 10 September.

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