Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI)

Child health review considers the best country strategies to help each child survive and thrive

A yound girl sits with her arm around an infant.
Partha Sarathi Sahana

30 July 2018 -- The BMJ in partnership with WHO and UNICEF have launched a special collection of articles that explore how to achieve ambitious child health goals to safeguard the health and wellbeing of children across the world. The collection shares findings from a review of two leading global child health strategies, examines previous and current best practices and considers future needs when rethinking global and national child health programmes. It also aims to stimulate discussion and exchange between stakeholders at global, regional, and national levels, and provide a basis for policy and strategy changes at global and national level.

Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) global survey report

December 2017 -- This report on the global implementation of IMCI gathered information from 95 countries, in all six WHO regions. Countries fully implementing IMCI were 3.6 times more likely to succeed in reducing the mortality of children under 5 by two thirds (MDG4). But full implementation is least common in high mortality countries and this strategy is not yet reaching many children who need it most.

WHO releases guidelines to address overweight and obesity in children

October 2017 -- As part of its response to the global epidemic of obesity, WHO is today releasing guidelines to support primary healthcare workers identify and help children who are overweight or obese. In 2016 an estimated 41 million children under 5 were affected by overweight or obesity. Without effective treatment they are very likely to remain overweight and obese throughout their lives, putting them at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and premature death, as well as suffering physical and psychological consequences in childhood.

Towards a grand convergence for child survival and health: a strategic review of options for the future building on lessons learnt from IMNCI

December 2016 -- Taking as its departure point the implementation of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMNCI), developed by WHO and UNICEF in 1995, this strategic review shares analysis from 20 years of implementation of child health strategies and provides direction to the global child health community on how to better assist countries to deliver the best possible strategies to help each child survive and thrive.

Child health in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals

WHO is currently conducting a review of activities in support of the health of children in the light of the of the Sustainable Development Goals and with a focus on universal health coverage. Regional consultations have been under way to bring together perspectives from regional and country offices. These have also taken advantage of Programme Manager meetings to also bring further perspectives. WHO staff from other relevant departments have formed an advisory group to the initiative and a recent, broad ranging internal departmental discussion added valuable input. These will be considered by a high-level advisory body.