Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Epidemiology: what we do

Introduction

The work of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) in the area of epidemiology focuses on the generation, synthesis, analysis, use and dissemination of evidence at various levels in order to inform the cycle of research, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and to provide key strategic information which can lead to action and positive changes in policies, strategies, health system, and ultimately in maternal and child health status.

What we do

Generation of evidence

The epidemiological work of MCA focuses on:

  • the generation of neonatal mortality rates at global, regional and national levels;
  • the generation of updated estimates of neonatal and under-five cause-specific mortality at global, regional and national levels;
  • the generation of estimates of adolescent cause-specific mortality at global and regional levels; and
  • the generation of estimates of cause-specific mortality, YLLD and risk factors for adolescents.

Synthesis, use and dissemination of evidence

Synthesis, use and dissemination of evidence occurs in the folowing key areas:

  • the analysis and use of epidemiological data to monitor and evaluate progress towards the achievement of MDGs 4, 5 and 6;
  • the provision of key strategic information for action and changes in policies, strategies, and ultimately in maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health status;
  • the dissemination of key information through the World Health Statistics, the Global Health Observatory and other documents;
  • capacity building at WHO Regional level; and
  • systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
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