International Day of the Girl Child, on 11 October, highlights the tremendous challenges many girls face that prevent them from achieving their full potential. This year's theme focusses on one of the major challenges: violence against girls – a universal phenomenon that persists in all corners of the globe, jeopardizing the human rights, health and well-being of too many young lives.
16 September 2014 -- New data released show that under 5 mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013. But overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under 5 mortality by 2015. The latest release of "Levels and trends in child mortality" shows that in 2013, 2.8 million babies died within the first month of life, which represents about 44% of all under 5 deaths.
8 July 2014 -- WHO has launched "Consolidated guidelines on HIV diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care for key populations" in the lead up to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne Australia, which runs 20-25 July 2014. For each recommendation, the specific issues and considerations related to adolescents are provided. There are case examples in the service delivery chapter highlighting adolescents and the young and key populations technical briefs are annexed. During the conference the online multi-format tool entitled "Adolescent HIV testing, counselling and care - Implementation guidance for health providers and planners" will also be presented.
"Health for the world’s adolescents" is a dynamic, multimedia, online report. It describes why adolescents need specific attention, distinct from children and adults. It presents a global overview of adolescents’ health and health-related behaviours, including the latest data and trends, and discusses the determinants that influence their health and behaviours.
It reflects the achievements in developing the evidence base for action and touches on new interventions, new research and new delivery mechanisms. It also features adolescents’ own perspectives on their health needs.
Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health topical information
Revised WHO classification and treatment of childhood pneumonia at health facilities
Guidelines on the treatment of skin and oral HIV-associated conditions in children and adults
H4+ partnership: joint support to improve women’s and children’s health
Levels and trends in child mortality 2014
Options for linking health interventions for adolescents with HPV vaccination
Inter-Parliamentary Union: parliamentarians have a critical role in reducing maternal and child deaths
New funding announced for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health at H4+ Breakfast
Partnering for results: delivering for Every Woman & Every Child