Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

New programme reporting standards for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes

Mother and child resting at postnatal ward, Cambodia.
WHO/WPRO/Y Shimizu

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.

Nurturing care for early childhood development: a framework for action and results

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.

The 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72)

Pleanary Hall of the United Nations, New York.
United Nations

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.

WHO and Human Reproduction Programme (HRP) celebrate Sexual Health Day


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.

WHO and partners recommend actions to improve adolescent health

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.

Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding

african mother and daughter breastfeeding

1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. Only 40% of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breastmilk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60%.

Partners launch report that measures progress towards ambitious targets set to improve health of women, children and adolescents

18 July 2017 – The first Progress Report on the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health was launched at the High-Level Political Forum in New York on 18 July. It is a critical tool for accountability and advocacy and provides a snapshot of achievements by countries and partners, highlighting the power of partnership to accelerate progress in a complex and evolving development landscape.

1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

A child being vaccinated.

17 July 2017 - Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to new estimates from WHO and UNICEF. These infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk. Additionally, an estimated 6.6 million infants who did receive their first dose of DTP-containing vaccine did not complete the full, three dose DTP immunization series (DTP3) in 2016.

Lack of family planning casts a shadow over the future for millions of women and girls on the move

11 July 2017 – Today, policymakers, donors, and advocates from around the world will gather at the Family Planning Summit in London to discuss efforts to reach global family planning goals. By investing in family planning we also invest in realizing human rights, upholding dignity, and sowing the seeds of truly sustainable development, especially for women and girls on the move.

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