Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Health centre in Mbanza Ngungu, DRC. Nurse and mother admiring new born child in postnatal ward in maternity department.

Strengthening quality midwifery education for Universal Health Coverage 2030

The evidence is clear. Strengthening midwifery education to international standards is a key step to improving quality of care and reducing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. The Framework for Action to Strengthen Midwifery Education is a guide to develop high-quality, sustainable pre- and in-service education to save lives. It has been developed by WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF and ICM and includes a seven-step action plan for use by all stakeholders in maternal and newborn health.

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Plenary Hall at World Health Assembly, UN Palais, Geneva.

Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health at the World Health Assembly

This year’s 72nd World Health Assembly will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 20 – 28 May and will be the first following the Organization’s adoption of a new strategic five-year plan towards three targets: 1 billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage (UHC), 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies and 1 billion more people enjoying better health and well-being. The launch of the Framework for Action to Strengthen Midwifery Education is among several events focussing on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health at the Assembly.

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International Day of the Midwife

5 May 2019 -- International Day of the Midwife is celebrated each year on 5 May. The theme for this year's celebration is Midwives: Defenders of Women's Rights. All women and newborns have a right to a quality of care that enables a positive childbirth experience that includes respect and dignity, a companion of choice, clear communication by maternity staff, pain relief strategies, mobility in labour and birth position of choice. Midwives are essential to the provision of quality of care, in all settings, globally.

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Mothers and their infants at a maternal care unit.

Countries and partners in the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health meet on accountability and learning

On March 12-14, 2019, the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (Quality of Care Network) will hold its 2nd meeting on Demonstrating accountability and learning from implementation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The success and value of universal health coverage depends on its ability to provide quality services to mothers, newborns and children with dignity, everywhere.

Methodological considerations in guideline development.

Enhancing WHO’s standard guideline development methods

28 January 2019 -- WHO develops guidelines on a broad array of clinical, public health, health system, health promotion and implementation strategies. These interventions are often complex, context-specific, with multiple factors that directly and indirectly impact health and societal outcomes. Standard guideline development methods need to be enhanced to better address these needs. In response WHO commissioned a set of papers, published today in BMJ Global Health, on approaches to improve the process and methods used for evidence-informed decisions about health, addressing complex health interventions and complex systems.

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Improving the quality of paediatric care: an operational guide for facility-based audit and review of paediatric mortality

This operational guide provides guidance for establishing and conducting paediatric death audit and review as part of the overall quality of care improvement at the health facility. Death review or mortality audit is a means of documenting the causes of a death and the factors that contributed to it, identifying factors that could be modified and actions that could prevent future deaths, putting the actions into place and reviewing the outcomes. This document also complements the audit and review of stillbirths and neonatal deaths guide by providing guidance on review and auditing of paediatric deaths; adverse events, near-misses and other paediatric clinical cases of interest.

A woman and infant look into eachother's faces.

Year in review 2018

From a nurturing care framework for early childhood development to help children survive, thrive and transform to standards for improving the quality of care for children and young adolescents in health facilities, this review shows guidelines and publications produced by the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health in 2018.

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A group of mothers, women and infants.

Implementation research for maternal, newborn and child health interventions

A special supplement of Acta Paediatrica, “Addressing implementation challenges for maternal, newborn and child health interventions,” presents results from nine research studies that tested and documented the delivery of proven maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) interventions in eight different countries: China, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan and Syria. The research was supported by the WHO’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) with funding provided by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR).

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Alert: Chlorhexidine 7,1% digluconate (CHX) aqueous solution or gel (10ml):
Reports of serious eye injury due to errors in administration

WHO has been made aware of multiple, recent reports of eye injury, including blindness,
with the use of chlorhexidine gluconate 7.1%, in nine countries in sub Saharan Africa.

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Improving maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health through evidence based guidelines and guidance.

A father looks into the face of a newborn.

Generating high quality epidemiological information and monitoring and evaluation data to strengthen the uptake and implementation of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health guidelines, policies and programmes.

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Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA)
World Health Organization
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