Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Newborn health policy and planning framework

Working version

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 14
Publication date: 2005
Languages: English



The aim of the Newborn Health Policy and Planning Framework is to assist countries with a high burden of neonatal mortality and morbidity to develop strategies for improving newborn health that are integrated with maternal and child health plans and set within broader health and development frameworks.

The Framework outlines a structured approach to developing the newborn health component of a strategy. The approach is consultative and participatory, takes account of national needs and resources, and builds on existing programmes and services. More specifically, the Framework provides guidance on the main steps involved in strategy development including situation analysis, prioritizing and choosing interventions, and mechanisms of intervention delivery, monitoring and evaluation.

This part of the framework (Part 1) provides an overview of the process of developing the newborn health component of a health strategy. It is intended primarily for those who are responsible for policy-making, strategic planning and decisions about allocation of resources.

Part 2, still to be completed, will provide more detailed guidance on the steps involved in developing the newborn health components of a strategy.