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Child Health

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Children represent the future, and ensuring their healthy growth and development ought to be a prime concern of all societies. Newborns are particularly vulnerable and children are vulnerable to malnutrition and infectious diseases, many of which can be effectively prevented or treated.

Key publications...

Early Essential Newborn CareEarly Essential Newborn Care shortcut



This Guide aims to provide health professionals with a user-friendly, evidence-based protocol to essential newborn care - focusing on the first hours and days of life.





Early Essential Newborn Care

Action Plan for Healthy Newborn Infants in the Western Pacific Region Action Plan for Newborn Infants in the Western Pacific Region



This Regional Action Plan identifies bold steps that can be taken to provide all newborn infants with a set of appropriate health-care interventions. WHO Western Pacific Region and UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Region are committed to supporting national action based on the Regional Action Plan.



eHealth and Innovation in Women's and Children's Health: a Baseline RevieweHealth and innovation in women's and children's health: a baseline review shortcut



This report shows how, on a daily basis, eHealth innovations are improving access to care and assisting women to take control of their own health.





European Report on Preventing Child MaltreatmentEuropean Report on Preventing Child Maltreatment



This report outlines the high burden of child maltreatment, its causes and consequences and the cost-effectiveness of prevention programmes. It makes compelling arguments for increased investment in prevention and, by offering policy-makers a preventive approach based on strong evidence and shared experience, it will help them respond to increased demands from the public to tackle child maltreatment.

Pocket Book of Hospital Care for ChildrenPocket Book of Hospital Care for Children shortcut




The Pocket Book is for use by doctors, nurses and other health workers who are responsible for the care of young children at the first level referral hospitals. This second edition is based on evidence from several WHO updated and published clinical guidelines.




Developmental Difficulties in Early ChildhoodDevelopmental Difficulties in Early Childhood shortcut



'Developmental Difficulties in Early Childhood' includes information from low- and middle-income countries on the conceptualization, epidemiology, prevention, detection, assessment and early management of the broad spectrum of developmental risk factors and developmental difficulties in children aged 3 years and under.


Care for Child DevelopmentCare for Child Development



This package aims to help a variety of health and community workers to provide age-appropriate guidance to caregivers of young children for stimulating cognitive, language and social-emotional development through play and communication.




Care for Child Development

Guidelines on Optimal Feeding of Low Birth Weight Infants in Low- and Middle-Income CountriesGuidelines on Optimal Feeding of Low Birth Weight Infants in Low- and Middle-Income Countries shortcut



The objective of these guidelines is to improve the quality of care received by Low Birth Weight (LBW) infants in developing countries through improved capacity of health workers.




Guidelines on Neonatal SeizuresGuidelines on Neonatal Seizures shortcut



These guidelines are intended to be of use for neonatologists, paediatric neurologists, paediatricians, general practitioners, nurse practitioners, nurses and other health professionals who may be in contact with infants experiencing seizures within the first 28 days of life (age up to 44 weeks post-conception).




Guidelines on Neonatal Seizures