Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

CAH progress report 2002-2003

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 131
Publication date: 2004
Languages: English
ISBN: 9241592230



The WHO Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (CAH) promotes the survival, health, growth and development of children and adolescents from birth up to 19 years.

Although much progress has been made over past decades, a number of important challenges still remain. Every minute 20 children under 5 years of age die, leading to almost 11 million deaths each year. Approximately four million of these children are under 1 month old. Every five minutes, 16 adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 years die.

This enormous loss of life and human capital is avoidable. For children under 5 years of age, effective, affordable interventions are available that could prevent at least two thirds of the deaths. The challenge is to deliver these preventive and curative interventions to the children who need them most – to transform knowledge into action. For adolescents, interventions are needed to help young people learn, form relationships, shape their identities, and acquire the social and practical skills required to become active and productive adults.

This report highlights activities undertaken and progress made by CAH during the 2002–2003 biennium. It is organized according to the structure of the Department, with one chapter for each research and development team. Relevant technical support provided at regional and country levels is described at the end of each chapter. Documents and articles published during the biennium are listed in the annexes.