19 October 2017– Every day in 2016, 15 000 children died before their fifth birthday, 46% of them – or 7000 babies – died in the first 28 days of life. At current trends, 60 million children will die before their fifth birthday between 2017 and 2030, half of them newborns, according to the report released by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank and the Population Division of UNDESA which make up the Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.
4 October 2017 – As part of its response to the global epidemic of obesity, WHO is today releasing guidelines to support primary healthcare workers identify and help children who are overweight or obese. In 2016 an estimated 41 million children under 5 were affected by overweight or obesity. Without effective treatment they are very likely to remain overweight and obese throughout their lives, putting them at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and premature death, as well as suffering physical and psychological consequences in childhood.
11 OCTOBER 2017 – WHO joins individuals, communities and organizations worldwide in marking this year’s International Day of the Girl Child. This event commemorates the importance of gender equality and human rights for the well-being and health of girls and young women everywhere. It recognizes that empowering girls to achieve their full potential is also essential for their families and for their societies.
New programme reporting standards for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes
14 September 2017 – Reporting on health programmes often covers what was done and not how it was done and in what context. This information is key to understanding impact and can facilitate successful replication and scale-up. To address this, WHO is launching new standards for reporting on sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes at this year’s Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, South Africa.
10 September 2017 -- WHO, in collaboration with UNICEF, and supported by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health and the ECD Action Network is guiding a process to scale up action and results for early childhood development in collaboration with countries all other relevant stakeholders. This process will produce a nurturing care common framework which will guide policy, programme, and budget support at country level.
12–25 September 2017 – The WHO Delegation to UNGA 72 will be led by Dr Tedros, who will focus on raising awareness and building political commitment to his priority issues of universal health coverage; health security; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; and environmental health, including the health impacts of climate change. Dr Tedros, together with Deputy Head of Delegation Dr Flavia Bustreo and other senior officials, will organize and participate to many high-level events, including the flagship WHO event on Universal Health Coverage.
4 September 2017 - On the occasion of Sexual Health Day 2017, WHO and HRP are launching a new WHO Operational framework for sexual health. This new model highlights the many areas where people’s sexual health must be safeguarded throughout the course of their lives – as well as the way in which sexual health and reproductive health are at once distinct and inextricably linked. When we can enjoy good sexual health, it has a positive impact on many aspects of our lives including our reproductive health and well-being.
12 August 2017 -- This year's International Youth Day takes the theme of “Youth Building Peace”. Today’s generation of youth (defined by the UN as persons aged 18 through 29) is the largest the world has ever known and as such will have a major role in shaping the world of tomorrow. To this end, youth need to be actively engaged and invited to participate in the design and development of research and programmes that affect them. This was recognised by the UN Security Council in its 2015 resolution urging Member States to increase representation of youth in decision-making at all levels. Whilst the resolution focused primarily on global security, it is equally relevant for health.
Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health topical information
Levels and trends in child mortality report 2017
Assessing and managing children at primary health-care facilities to prevent overweight and obesity in the context of the double burden of malnutrition
Programme reporting standards for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health
Managing complications in pregnancy and childbirth: a guide for midwives and doctors – 2nd ed.
Reaching the every newborn national 2020 milestones: country progress, plans and moving forward
Guidelines in development
News and events
7 000 newborns die every day, despite steady decrease in under-five mortality, new report says
Launch of the Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI): an international DOHaD research collaboration
Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades: new study by Imperial College London and WHO