Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

A healthy start in life

Report on the global consultation on child and adolescent death and development

World Health Organization; UNICEF; World Bank; Government of Sweden

Publication details

Number of pages: 40
Publication date: 2002
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/FCH/CAH/02.15



The Consultation, convened by WHO and UNICEF in March 2002 in Stockholm, Sweden, highlighted the importance of investing in the health of children and adolescents as a cost-effective way of securing future prosperity of nations.

There is ample evidence about effective interventions, the challenge is to transform this knowledge into action. Increased commitment and strategic investments are needed to ensure that every child and adolescent can develop to its full potential.

The Millenium Development Goals and the United Nations Special Session for Children have created the momentum - the time has come for the global community, national governments, communities and families to deliver the necessary services and care.