Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Newborn health

Caring for newborn and children in the community: new health worker manual


22 July 2014 -- WHO/MCA initiated the development of the materials Caring for the sick child in the community, to increase access to essential health services and meet demands of countries for materials to train community health workers in the context of the IMCI strategy.

Consultation on improving measurement of the quality of maternal, newborn and child care in health facilities

17 July 2014 -- In December 2013, WHO and PMNCH convened a consultation on “Improving measurement of the quality of maternal, newborn and child care in health facilities”. This report provides information about the meeting and the proposed 19 core indicators for reporting on quality of MNCH care in facilities.

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 revised draft action plan itself. In addition, a document outlining the response to the comments received is available, as well as the list of organizations that commented. 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.

Protecting unborn babies from alcohol-related harm

Alcohol and drug abuse during pregnancy can harm babies. It can also cause miscarriage, preterm birth, and stillbirth. If an unborn baby is exposed to alcohol it can be affected for life. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is the umbrella term for impairments of the growth and development of the brain and the central nervous system caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Aboriginal women in Australia have shown how communities can take action to protect their women and babies from alcohol-related harm in pregnancy.