Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

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.

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.


Zika virus

Microcephaly and zika virus Q&A

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