Promoting health through the life-course

Standing up for the right to health

10 DECEMBER 2018 - This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, and the 70th anniversary of WHO. Both the Declaration and WHO’s Constitution, the organization’s founding document, assert that health is a fundamental right for all people. More people can access essential health services today than ever before, but at least half of the world’s population still go without.

Country case studies on “Making multisectoral collaboration work”

7 DECEMBER 2018 - PMNCH along with The BMJ has released a series of twelve country case studies which provide real world examples of what works, as well as the challenges involved in collaborating across sectors for health and sustainable development. The case studies relate to one or more of the key thematic priorities of EWEC movement and show diversity in relation to country income level, region and sectors and stakeholders engaged.

Delivering contraceptive services in humanitarian settings

A woman walks out of her temporary shelter, Kathmandu, Nepal

7 DECEMBER 2018 - WHO has launched a new tool intended for front-line health care providers to help women initiate contraception in humanitarian and emergency settings. Informed family planning choices is a basic human right and allows both women and couples to take control of their reproductive health choices and more so family size, and more so during hardships and chaos. This tool is now available to download both as a PDF from this page and also as an App.

Report on the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, and Case Studies

30 NOVEMBER 2018 – What have cities and communities around the world done to become more age-friendly? A new report on the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities reviews progress since the founding of the Network in 2007, and charts the way forward over the next decade. The accompanying case studies from members of the Network around the world examine local age-friendly programmes in depth.

Measles cases spike globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage

29 NOVEMBER 2018 -Reported measles cases spiked in 2017, as multiple countries experienced severe and protracted outbreaks of the disease. Because of gaps in vaccination coverage, measles outbreaks occurred in all regions, while there were an estimated 110 000 deaths related to the disease. Using updated disease modelling data, the report provides the most comprehensive estimates of measles trends over the last 17 years. It shows that since 2000, over 21 million lives have been saved through measles immunizations. However, reported cases increased by more than 30 percent worldwide from 2016.

Displaced or refugee women are at increased risk of violence. What can WHO do?

Picture of a woman entering a room

23 NOVEMBER 2018 - The estimate that 1 in 3 women around the world have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner is one that is widely cited today. Even though data are scarce, we know that in humanitarian and emergency settings, linked to an increase in armed actors and a decrease in security as a result of broken social and protective networks, the risk to women of different forms of violence are even greater.

Five things men can do for good health

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WHO/S. Volkov

19 NOVEMBER 2018 - On the occasion of Men's Health Day, WHO is sharing a checklist of things men can do for their health.

Virtual PMNCH Partners' Forum begins with webinar series


13 NOVEMBER – 4 DECEMBER - This week kicks off the PMNCH Virtual Partners’ Forum combining webinars, virtual side events, and livestreaming. First up, is a 5-part webinar series representing plenary themes at the Partners’ Forum, and running throughout November and early December. Join the Virtual Partners’ Forum Webinar Series to get the dialogue started!

New App for WHO’s Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use

12 NOVEMBER 2018 - WHO has launched an App for its Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. This digital tool will facilitate the task of family planning providers in recommending safe, effective and acceptable contraception methods for women with medical conditions or medically-relevant characteristics.

Latest life-course news


Promoting good health through the life-
course cuts across all areas of WHO’s
work including the health of women
before, during and after pregnancy, and
of newborns, children, adolescents,
and older people, taking into account
social determinants of health, gender,
equity and human rights.

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