Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Strategic directions for improving the health and development of children and adolescents


World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 32
Publication date: 2003
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
ISBN: 9241591064



This document summarizes priority areas for WHO action based on global evidence. Improving the health and development of children and adolescents means that WHO will need to shape its implementation of the strategy to the epidemiological needs of specific regions and countries. The strategy document proposes a flexible, country-specific approach that reflects and respects differences in epidemiology. In addition, it outlines a strategic framework that is based on equity, the life course, and a public health approach. Hence the title "Strategic Directions".

It defines principles to guide the implementation. It is intended to contribute to the definition of a new and common agenda for children and adolescents with Member States and partners, and guide the work of the Organization with Member States.