Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Maternal health

Launch of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

26 September 2015 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced more than US$ 25 billion in initial commitments over 5 years to help end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents, and ensure their health and well-being. Heads of State and Government, international organizations, the private sector, foundations, civil society, research and academic institutions, and other key partners are making these pledges at the launch of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health during the UN Summit for the adoption of the sustainable development agenda.

WHO 2015 accountability report shows results for women's and children's health

23 September 2015 -- In the 2015 Accountability Progress Report, WHO reviews progress on the implementation of 10 recommendations made in 2011 by the Commission on Information and Accountability (CoIA) which link investments to results for women’s and children’s health. The 2015 report highlights past accomplishments and reviews the broader achievements under the CoIA framework over the past five years. It reports that the recommendations have spurred action on long-neglected basic systems, like the tracking of births, deaths and financial resources at both national and global levels.

World Breastfeeding Week

Mother breastfeeding her infant

1 August 2015 -- This year's theme is "Breastfeeding and work. Let's make it work!". "Breastfeeding takes very little time out of an employee’s day and lasts for such a small period over a woman’s entire career," says WHO's Assistant Director-General Dr Flavia Bustreo. "When working women are supported and given some flexibility at this special time in their lives, they are likely to be more committed and happier at work."

Highlighting the critical role of midwives

5 May 2015 -- Today we celebrate the work of midwives worldwide in ensuring the care and survival of newborn babies. The theme for this year's International Day of the Midwife is "Midwives: for a better tomorrow”. As the Millennium Development Goals come to an end in September, this theme highlights the importance of having midwives involved in the development of the new set of goals called the Sustainable Development Goals to create a brighter future for mothers, babies, and families.