Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Laws to protect breastfeeding inadequate in most countries

Breastfeeding after UNICEF measles vaccination, Kot Danda, Nepal.

May 2016 --The International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes calls on countries to protect breastfeeding by stopping the inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes, including advertising, gifts to health workers, and distribution of free samples. A new report by WHO, UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals the status of national laws to protect and promote breastfeeding.

Investing in trained midwives across Liberia

A midwife guides a mother who is breastfeeding her baby, Liberia.

5 May 2016 -- In Liberia, about 44% of women give birth at home without a skilled birth attendant. Nearly 1 in 138 live births result in a mother dying from preventable causes such as haemorrhage, sepsis or other reasons related to limited access to either basic midwifery or emergency obstetric care, such as caesarean sections. To improve access to quality midwifery care, the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, WHO and other partners are working to strengthen the country’s 6 midwifery schools, 3 of which are located in rural areas.

World Immunization Week 2016: Close the immunization gap

24-30 April 2016 -- Immunization averts 2 to 3 million deaths annually. However, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, if global vaccination coverage improves. Today, nearly 1 in 5 children worldwide are still missing routine immunizations for preventable diseases. During World Immunization Week 2016, WHO highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps needed to meet global vaccination targets by 2020.

Updated guidance on the care of critically ill children

23 February 2016 -- Children admitted to hospital often die within 24 hours of admission. Many of these deaths could be prevented if very sick children are identified soon after their arrival in the health facility, and treatment is started immediately. This updated guideline provides clinical guidance on the most common emergency conditions in children presenting at a health facility, including airway obstruction, shock, seizures and severe dehydration.


Zika virus

Microcephaly and zika virus Q&A

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