Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Newborn health

Public consultation on ending preventable newborn deaths

WHO conducted a consultation on the draft "Every Newborn: an action plan to end preventable deaths", receiving comments from the public in January and February. These are open to public view as well as the draft action plan itself. In addition, a document outlining the response to the comments received will be made available shortly. The final draft of the action plan will be presented to Member States at the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly in May 2014. The action plan is a roadmap for change. It sets out a vision and proposes a goal and targets to end newborn deaths from preventable causes. Five guiding principles and five strategic objectives are at the core of the plan.

New guidance for treating children with severe acute malnutrition

27 November 2013 -- WHO has issued new treatment guidelines for the almost 20 million children under-five worldwide who have severe acute malnutrition. Severe acute malnutrition is when children suffer severe wasting that may or may not be accompanied by swelling of the body from fluid retention. Children with severe acute malnutrition are among the most vulnerable people in the world.

Informal meeting on provision of home-based care to mother and child in the first week after birth

In 2009, WHO and UNICEF issued a Joint Statement recommending home visits for care of the newborn infant in the first week of life. Three years later, 30 out of the 58 countries of Africa and Asia have a policy on postnatal home visits. The meeting report documents the implementation of these home visitation programmes and the context of postnatal care in which home visits occur. Over 60 participants from countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa identified ways for increasing coverage of this effective intervention that will guide policy makers and managers of maternal and child health programmes.

World Prematurity Day highlights effective, low-cost care

Preterm birth is the world's largest killer of newborn babies, causing more than one million deaths each year, yet 75% could be saved without expensive, high technology care. That's the primary message and motivating theme of World Prematurity Day, 17 November, a global effort to raise awareness of the deaths and disabilities due to prematurity and the simple, proven, cost-effective measures that could prevent them.