Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

WHO Guidelines on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

WHO releases guidelines to address overweight and obesity in children

A mother feeds her infant child; Nepal.
2013 Valerie Caldas, Photoshare

4 October 2017 – As part of its response to the global epidemic of obesity, WHO is today releasing guidelines to support primary healthcare workers identify and help children who are overweight or obese. In 2016 an estimated 41 million children under 5 were affected by overweight or obesity. Without effective treatment they are very likely to remain overweight and obese throughout their lives, putting them at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and premature death, as well as suffering physical and psychological consequences in childhood.

Managing possible serious bacterial infection in young infants when referral is not feasible

A mother and her newborn child.
S Qazi

February 2017 -- To support the implementation of the guideline, Managing possible serious bacterial infection in young infants when referral is not feasible, WHO, UNICEF and other partners developed a Joint Statement which summarizes a systematic process for managing sick young infants up to 59 days of age with PSBI in resource-limited settings. The purpose of the Joint Statement is to facilitate the introduction and implementation of the new guideline as part of national newborn and child health strategies.

Paediatric emergency triage, assessment and treatment: care of critically-ill children

February 2016 -- The recommendations in Paediatric emergency triage, assessment and treatment: care of critically-ill children complement or updated guidance in published WHO Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment (ETAT) training materials published in 2005 and the 2nd edition Pocket book for hospital care for children published in 2013.

Screening, assessment and management of neonates and infants with complications associated with Zika virus exposure in utero

WHO/PAHO

August 2016 -- This Rapid Advice Guideline updates the Interim Guidance on the Assessment of infants with microcephaly in the context of Zika virus published in February 2016. The recommendations provides guidance on the screening, clinical assessment, neuroimaging, laboratory investigation and follow-up of children born to women living in areas of Zika virus transmission. The Guideline summarises the evidence base and rationale in support of the recommendations and expands the scope to address complications beyond microcephaly and what is now referred to as the congenital Zika virus syndrome.

All WHO guidelines on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Proposed guidelines

A list of guidelines in development.

How are guidelines developed?

How does WHO decide when to develop guidelines.