Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

WHO Guidelines on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

WHO releases recommendations on home-based records for maternal, newborn and child health

13 September 2018 – Home-based records have been widely implemented for decades. They are currently in use in at least 163 countries. They vary greatly in their design and content across countries and regions. However, the evidence of their benefits and harms has not been systematically reviewed and summarized. This guideline seeks to address this gap by reviewing the evidence of the effects of home-based records on maternal, newborn and child health outcomes and health service delivery outcomes.

HIV and infant feeding in emergencies: operational guidance

A baby breastfed in Lao People's Democratic Republic.
WHO/J Holmes

June 2018 – Many millions of people around the world are affected by emergencies, the majority of whom are women and children. Among them are many who are known to be living with HIV and others who may not know their HIV status. This document sets out basic principles related to HIV and infant feeding in emergency settings, and the actions that government and other stakeholders can take to prepare for emergencies.

Intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

Parents with their newborn baby, Malaysia.
WHO/Yoshi Shimizu

15 February 2018 -- Whilst much is known about the clinical management of labour and childbirth less attention is paid to what, beyond clinical interventions, needs to be done to make women feel safe, comfortable and positive about the experience. An increased medicalization of the process can undermine a woman’s own capability in giving birth and negatively impact her experience. These new recommendations bring together existing and new recommendations that address not only the clinical requirements for a safe labour and childbirth but also meet the psychological and emotional needs of women.

WHO releases guidelines to address overweight and obesity in children

A mother feeds her infant child; Nepal.
2013 Valerie Caldas, Photoshare

4 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.

Managing possible serious bacterial infection in young infants when referral is not feasible

A mother and her newborn child.
S Qazi

February 2017 -- To support the implementation of the guideline, Managing possible serious bacterial infection in young infants when referral is not feasible, WHO, UNICEF and other partners developed a Joint Statement which summarizes a systematic process for managing sick young infants up to 59 days of age with PSBI in resource-limited settings. The purpose of the Joint Statement is to facilitate the introduction and implementation of the new guideline as part of national newborn and child health strategies.