Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Child health

Child mortality rates falling faster than ever

An infant holding the hand of an adult.
UNICEF/Schermbrucker

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.

World Immunization Week 2014: Know, Check, Protect

17 April 2014 -- Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect. This is the message of this year’s World Immunization Week, on 24-30 April. This short video encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

World Health Assembly approves monitoring framework for maternal and child nutrition

Lady with her child in Nepal Market
WHO/SEARO/V. Gupta-Smith

At the World Health Assembly, Member States approved a global monitoring framework on maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The WHO Secretariat was asked to develop recommendations for Member States on how to address the inappropriate marketing of complementary foods - foods for infants and young children who are still breastfed.

Pocket book of hospital care for children: Second edition

This is the second edition of the Pocket book of hospital care for children. It is for use by doctors, nurses and other health workers who are responsible for the care of young children at the first level referral hospitals. The Pocket Book is one of a series of documents and tools that support the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). It is an update of the 2005 edition, and presents up-to-date evidence based clinical guidelines from several recently updated and published WHO guidelines and recommendations.

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