19-23 March | LUSAKA Parliamentarians hold a unique position in that they can act as the voices of their constituents. They can also integrate and align legislation protecting human rights with national health policies, health-systems, and national health budgets. In recognition of this critical and unique role, WHO continues to work actively with parliamentarians, nationally, regionally and globally, with the aim of improving and advocating for the health of all people everywhere.
8 March 2016 - International Women's Day: When WHO decided to update its guidelines on antenatal care (ANC), there was a feeling that maybe a different approach was needed. The current ANC guidance was based on a set of systematic reviews of the evidence and a trial and it proposed a model with at least four antenatal care visits (also known as focused antenatal care). It has been widely adopted in low- and middle-income countries, yet in 2012, only 52% of pregnant women had four or more ANC visits. To try and understand why this might be and how uptake of antenatal care services could be improved, a set of reviews were undertaken to look at what was missing from current antenatal care programmes.
An estimated one million-plus women worldwide are currently living with cervical cancer. Many have no access to health services for prevention, curative treatment or palliative care. Cervical cancer is a consequence of a long term infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), and the majority of cervical cancer cases (>80%) occur in low- and middle-income countries.
19 January 2016 -- Worldwide in 2015, for every 1000 total births, 18.4 babies were stillborn, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Progress in reducing this rate has been slow and at present speed, 160 years will pass before a pregnant woman in Africa has the same chance of her baby being born alive as a woman in a high-income country today. Even in high-income countries rates vary from 1.3 to 8 per 1000 births, a variation that shows further improvements are possible. A Lancet Series of five papers offers a roadmap for eliminating stillbirths by 2030, one the most neglected tragedies in global health today.