Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Compilation of WHO recommendations on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

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Overview

These compilations of WHO recommendations on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health produced by all related departments are the ones that have been approved by the Guidelines Review Committee (GRC) of WHO. These series of recommendations are those responding to the “what” questions i.e. what health interventions a pregnant woman, mother, newborn, child or adolescent should receive and when s/he should receive them including health behaviours that s/he should practise (or not practise).

WHO established the GRC in 2007 and therefore these recommendations are those developed since then. One of the requirements of the GRC is the use of the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation) system to evaluate evidence. The GRADE system classifies the strength of a recommendation as “strong” or “conditional”.

A strong recommendation is one where the desirable effects of adhering to the recommendation outweigh the undesirable effects. A conditional recommendation is one where the desirable effects of adhering to the recommendation probably outweigh the undesirable effects but these trade-offs were not clear. Wherever possible, the strength and level of evidence of each recommendation, as well as the link where it can be found, are included in these compilations.