11 October is the UN International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme is “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence”. Adolescence is a critical period that can determine the trajectory of girls’ lives. It is a stage at which key investments and support can set girls on a path towards empowerment, or when discrimination, recurrent constraints, harmful practices, and violence can send them down a negative spiral with lifelong consequences, not just for themselves, but for societies and future generations.
WHO launches programme to improve antenatal care in Mozambique
30 September -- Antenatal care is an important factor in ensuring women deliver their babies safely, and that those babies are healthy. This feature story describes how 10 clinics across Mozambique will be providing full antenatal care services by the end of 2015. It is also highlights the importance of a “person-centred” approach to health care, ensuring that everyone has access to the services they need, when they need them.
23 September: WHO and its partners around the world issue a statement on the prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during facility-based delivery. Every woman has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including the right to dignified, respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth. However, across the world many women experience disrespectful, abusive, or neglectful treatment during childbirth in facilities. These practices can violate women’s rights, deter women from seeking and using maternal health care services and can have implications for their health and well-being.
12 September 2014: A new article, authored by WHO and Johns Hopkins on prioritizing mHealth strategies for universal health coverage was published today in Science. The article, drawing from seminal work in health systems analysis, presents a novel framework for visualizing and planning how mHealth innovations can be applied to help surmount common and persistent constraints along the pathways toward the achievement of universal health coverage. It responds to the need for a framework to help prioritize investments and opportunities for collaboration, in the context of a growing interest in use of telecommunications technologies to help scale up and integrate public health interventions of known efficacy.