Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Structure of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health

Director's Office

The Director's Office leads WHO guidance on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. It also carries out advocacy, resource mobilization and management of funds. The work of the Department is carried out by three teams and through four cross-cutting groups related to the different population groups targeted by the Department: (1) maternal and perinatal Health, (2) newborn health, (3) child health, (4) adolescent health. These are lead by a specialist, who is a member of one of the three below teams.

Research and Development (MRD)

The Research and Development for MNCAH Team collects, reviews and assesses data to develop evidence-based norms and standards to inform policy and better target strategies to improve health care delivery relevant to the needs of mothers, newborns, children and adolescents.

Policy, Planning and Programmes (PPP)

The Policy, Planning and Programming Team promotes evidence-based policies, plans and programmes which conform to human rights standards and integrated service delivery for all key populations groups: mothers, newborns, children and adolescents. Activities cover:

  • building capacity for policy and strategy development;
  • planning and programme management; and
  • strengthening health system support for improved quality of care at health facilities and in the community.

Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation (EME)

The Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation Team aims at improving the epidemiologic information available for mothers, newborns, children and adolescents. It focuses on the monitoring and evaluation of progress to inform planning and implementation, and promote accountability.