Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Epidemiology, monitoring and evaluation

Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems essential for women's and children's health

A man shows a registration card, while holding his child.
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February 2018 -- WHO and UNICEF called for greater committment to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, key to increasing access to services and entitlements for women and children. In a Joint Statement released at the recent International Conference on Innovations in CRVS systems in Otawa, Canada, they restated their committment to work with governments and partners to implement evidence-based strategies for strengthening CRVS systems, to support innovative approaches and to ensure the needs of marginalised and vulnerable populations are addressed.

New data visualization tool to aid monitoring of progress for the Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD)

Children take water from a river.

This new tool presents data on 24 key indicators related to the protection, prevention and treatment of diarrhoea and pneumonia in children under 5 years of age, and 2 indicators on mortality due to the 2 diseases. Through maps and graphs, this visualization tool enables users to monitor: progress against GAPPD/SDG targets for 2025/2030/2040; the availability, completeness and sources of data; the distribution and trends of policy, coverage and health impact indicators.

Maternal Death Surveillance and Response

Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) is a continuous cycle of identification, notification and review of maternal deaths followed by actions to improve quality of care and prevent future deaths.

WHO and partners have been working with countries to map progress in implementing MDSR. This website shows this progress and includes profiles and case studies to illustrate the steps countries have taken to implement MDSR and innovative approaches to improve this.

Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health policy indicators

A midwife guides a mother who is breastfeeding her baby, Liberia.

WHO conducts periodic global Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) Policy Indicators Surveys, to track progress in adoption of WHO recommendations in national health policies and guidelines related to maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. Interest in the results of this policy survey has increased over time. Three rounds of survey have been completed (2009-10, 2010-11, 2013-14) and the fourth round (2016) survey is in progress since March 2016.

Mission statement

The aim of WHO's Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation team is to generate 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.