Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Counting and reviewing every birth and death is key to preventing future tragedies

A mother holds her baby.
WHO/Yoshi Shimizu

16 August 2016 -- Every day, women die during childbirth and babies are born stillborn. With quality health care throughout pregnancy and childbirth, many of these deaths could be prevented, but countries often lack the knowledge and capacity needed to take actions to stop other women and babies dying in the same way. To address this issue WHO is today launching two new tools to help countries improve their data on stillbirths and neonatal deaths as well as a report on the global status of implementation of maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR), a key strategy for reducing preventable maternal mortality.

Support mums to breastfeed anytime, anywhere

Cartoon showing a restaurant waiter offerign a drink to a breastfeeding woman.

The 1-5 August is World Breastfeeding Week. The theme this year is “Support mums to breastfeed anytime, anywhere,” as all of society has a role to play in making our communities more breastfeeding-friendly. One of the reasons for doing this is that, according to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake, "Breastfeeding is one of the most effective, and cost-effective ways to save and improve the lives of children everywhere, yielding lifelong health benefits for infants and their mothers."

Strong agreement with principles proposed by AA-HA! Framework

A group of adolescents playing hockey.
Palash Khatri

June 2016 -- The first round of consultations about the proposed Global Framework for Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA! Framework) took place between October 2015 and March 2016. In total, 888 participants from 126 countries in all 6 WHO Regions participated. They represented all key categories of stakeholders, including adolescents and young adults, youth groups, and representatives of government, civil society, the private sector, academia, and donor agencies. Overall, there was strong agreement with all principles proposed for the Framework

World Health Assembly agrees resolutions on women, children and adolescents, and healthy ageing

Delegates at the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly.
WHO/L. Cipriani

26 MAY 2016 -- Delegates at the World Health Assembly today agreed to take forward the implementation of Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030). The strategy sets out to ensure every woman, child and adolescent, in any setting, anywhere in the world, is able to both survive and thrive by 2030.


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