Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Maternal health

Maternal deaths fell 44% since 1990 – UN

12 November 2015 -- Maternal mortality fell by 44% since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank Group reported today. Maternal deaths around the world dropped from about 532 000 in 1990 to an estimated 303 000 this year, according to the report, the last in a series that has looked at progress under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This equates to an estimated global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 216 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births, down from 385 in 1990.

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."