Promoting health through the life-course

Evaluating the economic impact of vaccination programmes

A nurse prepares a vaccination

16 JANUARY 2018 – WHO has been working closely with national governments to provide economic data on the burden of disease, the cost effectiveness of vaccines, and the projected implementation costs of immunization programmes in their countries to help decision makers better allocate their resources to reach universal health coverage. A series of tools and resource documents have been developed to assess the economic and social benefits of introducing vaccines.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to Chair PMNCH Board


12 JANUARY 2018 – PMNCH is thrilled to announce that H.E. Ms Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of the Republic of Chile, has accepted the role as PMNCH Board Chair. A long-time advocate for the rights of women and children in Latin America, she became Chile's first female president in 2006 and was the first Executive Director of UN Women in New York. President Bachelet will take up the Chair for PMNCH in April.

Short period of postoperative bladder catheterization effective for repair of simple urinary fistula

Women at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital, Ethiopia.
Kate Holt / AusAID

11 JANUARY 2018 - As part of the World Health Organization’s normative work on supporting evidence-informed policies and practices, the Department of Reproductive Health and Research has produced, as a first step, a new guideline that defines the length of time required for effective catheterization after the surgical repair of simple obstetric urinary fistula as a period of 7–10 days. It is an intervention that can be implemented by any appropriately trained surgeon, including one with less experience, and it has direct health and cost implications in low- and middle-income countries.

Young people need good-quality comprehensive sexuality education

10 JANUARY 2018 - The fully revised UN International technical guidance on sexuality education advocates for quality comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) to promote health and well-being, respect for human rights and gender equality, and empowers children and young people to lead healthy, safe and productive lives.

A life-course approach to health: Synergy with the Sustainable Development Goals

1 JANUARY 2018 - Adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provides a unique opportunity to apply a holistic, people-centred, multisectoral approach to health and development, which is well aligned with a life-course approach to health.The January issue of the WHO Bulletin contains an article about how such an approach can help realize the vision of SDG 3, ensure universal health coverage (UHC) and achieve health and well-being for all at all ages.

Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections

27 DECEMBER 2017 - The numbers of people affected by STIs are staggering. More than 30 different bacteria, viruses, and parasites lead to over 1 million sexually transmitted infections each day. A collection of freely-available journal articles has been published in PLOS that looks at current issues around the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

WHO Year in Review: 2017

Four nurses stand together.

Review the biggest health stories from WHO in 2017, and relive some of the Organization’s major achievements in the past year, including progress made in immunization, healthy ageing, breastfeeding, women and children’s health, migrant health, and galvanizing action towards universal health coverage.

Addressing health inequalities in Indonesia

Ms Widyaningsih (Wida), Midwive and Field coordinator for Hibiscus examines a child in Indonesia.
Puskesmas Senen

19 DECEMBER 2017 – WHO has published its first ever joint report with a Member State presenting a comprehensive assessment of health inequalities within a country. Age, sex, economic status, education and where a person lives can all affect peoples’ state of health and access to health services. The report identifies priority areas for action to ensure that, when it comes to essential health, no one is left behind.

Engaging with communities is crucial for improving quality of care during childbirth

Patients at the maternity ward of Reproductive Health Uganda's clinic in Mbale.
Jonathan Torgovnik

15 DECEMBER 2017 – High-quality care for women giving birth in health facilities is crucial for safeguarding their health and well-being. Health care that is based on good quality scientific evidence goes a long way in helping to ensure such high-quality care – but it does not go far enough. The authors of a special supplement highlight how from the perspectives of individuals, their families and communities, high-quality care is that which is delivered with respect, with skill, and in accordance with their needs and preferences. to better inform clinical policies and practices.

Latest life-course news


Promoting good health through the life-
course cuts across all areas of WHO’s
work including the health of women
before, during and after pregnancy, and
of newborns, children, adolescents,
and older people, taking into account
social determinants of health, gender,
equity and human rights.

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