New VIDEOS on newborn care
Ten new training videos on newborn care have been added to the Reproductive Health Libray (RHL). These videos have been provided by the Global Health Media Project and are based on standards of care described in: Care of the Newborn Reference Manual, Save the Children, 2004; Managing Newborn Problems, WHO, 2003; and Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses Chart Booklet, WHO, 2011.
The World Health Organization’s recommendations on optimizing the roles of health workers aim to help address critical health workforce shortages that slow down progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals. A more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers can significantly improve both access and cost-effectiveness – for example by training and enabling ‘mid-level’ and ‘lay’ health workers to perform specific interventions otherwise provided only by cadres with longer (and sometimes more specialized) training.
Launch of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist collaboration
WHO invites any health-care, research or academic institution, nongovernmental organization or other agency, especially in low- and middle-income countries, to join the collaborative field-testing exercise in order to help WHO ensure the viability and practical use of the Checklist in multiple settings, and to identify barriers and successes in its use.
25 September 2012 - Given the availability of new scientific evidence related to the prevention and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), this document updates previous WHO recommendations and adds new recommendations for the prevention and treatment of PPH. The primary goal of this guideline is to provide a foundation for the implementation of interventions shown to have been effective in reducing the burden of PPH.