Promoting health through the life-course

For health, make mercury history

22 – 29 SEPTEMBER 2017 – The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Voncention on Mercury (COP1), convened by UN Environment, will take place from 24 – 29 September 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. A “Mercury Week” of events will take place from 22 to 29 September under the banner “Make Mercury History.”

Region of the Americas eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus

A child being vaccinated against tetanus

21 SEPTEMBER 2017 – The Region of the Americas has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a disease that used to be responsible for the deaths of more than 10 000 newborns every year in the Americas. The elimination of the disease was declared this year in Haiti. MNT is the sixth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated from the Americas.

Gender inequality in early adolescence must be addressed for health and well-being throughout life

A group of young people
Ricci Coughlan/DFID

20 SEPTEMBER 2017 – An international research consortium from 15 countries has been working over the past 6 years to gather evidence on gender norms in early adolescence in order to inform interventions to improve health outcomes for young people. This is the Global Early Adolescent Study, an effort which has been led by WHO, HRP and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, in order to understand how gender norms are formed in early adolescence and how they predispose young people to risking their sexual and reproductive – and overall – health.

Universal health coverage: A call to action

19 SEPTEMBER 2017 – WHO Director-General Dr Tedros delivered remarks on universal health coverage (UHC) during a UN General Assembly side event. UHC is based on the conviction that health is a human right, not a privilege. People must not have to choose between buying medicine and buying food. Sickness should not plunge an entire family into poverty because a breadwinner is unable to work. A mother should not lose her baby because the services needed to save it are too far away.

Family, women’s and children’s health at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72)

A mother with her child at a health centre, India
WHO/Andrew Caballero Reynolds

12 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2017 – The WHO Delegation to UNGA will be led by Dr Tedros, who will focus on raising awareness and building political commitment to his priority issues of universal health coverage; health security; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; and environmental health, including the health impacts of climate change. Dr Tedros, together with Deputy Head of Delegation Dr Flavia Bustreo and other senior officials, will organize and participate to many high-level events, including the flagship WHO event on Universal Health Coverage.

New programme reporting standards for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes

Mother and child resting at postnatal ward, Cambodia.
WHO/WPRO/Y Shimizu

14 SEPTEMBER 2017 – Reporting on health programmes often covers what was done and not how it was done and not how it was done and in what context. This information is key to understanding impact and can facilitate successful replication and scale up. To address this, WHO is launching new standards for reporting on sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes at this year’s Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, South Africa.

Preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by reducing environmental risk factors

A mother on a motorbicycle with a child wearing a mask

12 SEPTEMBER 2017 – A newly released publication highlights the special relevance of environmental risks for NCDs. It presents the burden of NCDs caused by environmental risks, as well as the many areas where action on environmental determinants is needed to reduce the burden. It provides the evidence on why environmental risk reduction is essential in NCD prevention and control strategies.

Shining a spotlight on maternal and neonatal sepsis: World Sepsis Day 2017

A woman is being prepared for delivery
Ismail Ferdous/Photoshare

12 SEPTEMBER 2017 – On World Sepsis Day 2017, WHO and HRP have joined with the Global Sepsis Alliance to host the ‘World Sepsis Congress Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis’, a free online congress shining a spotlight on these neglected aspects of sepsis.

New collaboration to advance maternal immunization

11 SEPTEMBER 2017 – A newly launched Advancing Maternal Immunization (AMI) collaboration is bringing together stakeholders from around the world to improve infant health and survival through maternal immunization, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The collaboration is meeting an urgent need for pregnant mothers to be able to protect their babies from infectious diseases by getting vaccinated themselves.

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
environmental risks, social
determinants of health, gender, equity,
and human rights.

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