The World Health Organization (WHO) have launched a new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2016-2030.
The new Global Strategy aims to achieve the highest attainable standard of health for all women, children and adolescents, transform the future and ensure that every newborn, mother and child not only survives, but thrives.
Updated through a process of collaboration with more than 7,000 individuals and organizations, the Strategy builds on the success of the 2010 Strategy and its Every Woman Every Child movement, which helped accelerate the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDG). It will act as a platform to put women, children and adolescents at the heart of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Far too many women, children and adolescents worldwide still have little or no access to essential, good-quality health services and education, clean air and water, adequate sanitation and good nutrition. They face violence and discrimination, are unable to participate fully in society, and encounter other barriers to realizing their human rights
As a result, as the MDG era draws to a close, the annual death toll remains unacceptably high: 289,000 maternal deaths, 2.6 million stillbirths, 5.9 million deaths in children under the age of five— including 2.7 million newborn deaths—and 1.3 million adolescent deaths.
This Global Strategy is broader, more ambitious and more focused on equity than its predecessor. It is universal and applies to all people (including the marginalized and hard-to-reach), in all places (including crisis situations) and to transnational issues.
It focuses on safeguarding women, children and adolescents in humanitarian and fragile settings and upholding their human rights to the highest attainable standard of health, even in the most difficult circumstances. For the first time, adolescents join women and children at the heart of the Global Strategy.
This acknowledges not only the unique health challenges facing young people, but also their pivotal role alongside women and children as key drivers of change in the post-2015 era.
The Strategy can be accessed here.