The staff of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health strive towards a world in which EVERY woman, newborn, child and adolescent realizes their right to physical and mental health and well-being.
Survive, thrive, transform
The work of the Department is inextricably linked to the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health, 2016–2030. The Global Strategy, closely in sync with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sets out a roadmap to end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents (SURVIVE), to ensure their health and well-being (THRIVE), and their habitation in safe and health enabling environments (TRANSFORM).
Equity and non-discrimination; integrity and excellence; and respect for all underpin the work of the Department and are central to the Survive, Thrive, Transform agenda. This means that all Departmental activities must contribute to the promotion of the health and well-being of vulnerable women, newborns, children and adolescents, mitigate any form of discrimination, and be people-centred.
Putting it into practice
How do we strive towards a world in which EVERY woman, newborn, child and adolescent realizes their right to physical and mental health and well-being?
1. Develop guidelines
Identify research priorities, generate evidence and develop guidelines on major causes of mortality, parameters for wellbeing, and necessary conditions of health-enabling environments for women, newborns, children and adolescents.
2. Ensure universal health coverage
Improve quality and achieve universal health coverage of essential health services for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health while in tandem empowering individuals, families and communities to achieve their right to survive, thrive and transform their living environments.
Assess quality and monitor effective coverage of essential health services for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and evaluate programmes to ensure accountability, progress in people-centred care, and empowerment of individuals, families and communities over their health.