Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Does the world have enough midwives?

A health worker checking a pregnant woman during a home visit.
WHO/SEARO/N. Garnage

6 March 2015 -- “Does the world have enough midwives?” was the focus of an event coordinated by WHO and UNFPA with country partners. Highlighting the "State of the world’s midwifery report 2014", heads of both organizations and ambassadors from France, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Sweden, Zambia, and Zimbabwe spoke with passion about the urgent need to improve maternal and newborn health through investing in more midwives who are educated, trained and supported to international standards.

Updating of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

28 February 2015 -- Stakeholders from the across the globe have gathered to kickstart the process to update the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, which will be launched together with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September of this year. The renewed Strategy aims to be a roadmap for action and accountability by all partners, including governments, the UN, civil society, private business, health professional organizations, academia and donor organizations.

Report from 136 session of the WHO Executive Board

Dr Chan  at WHO WHA
WHO/Christopher Black

26 January – 4 February 2015 | Geneva -- The WHO Executive Board started with a Special Session on Ebola which set the tone for the critical examination of WHO’s work within a perspective of greater transparency. For the first time ever, the Executive board was webcast worldwide and live from Geneva. Thousands took the opportunity to watch and listen to the discussions, which went late into the evening and weekends. Several Reports touched on adolescent health, child nutrition, inter-personal violence and women’s health to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

Global leaders gathered in Berlin to mobilize funds for global immunization programmes


27 January 2015 -- Donors have today committed US$ 7.539 billion over the next 5 years to deliver vaccines and immunization to Gavi-supported countries. With this funding, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance will be able to help countries immunize an additional 300 million children with the 11 vaccines recommended by WHO for infants. The success of today’s pledging conference signals a renewed global effort to dramatically accelerate action to extend the full benefits of immunization to children and women in the world’s poorest countries.


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