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There can be no real growth without healthy populations.
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The most cost effective health intervention is general education of girls.


 UN Declaration of the ... Rights of the Child

The right to affection, love, and understanding. The right to adequate nutrition and medical care. The right to free education. The right to full opportunity for play and recreation. The right to a name and nationality. The right to special care, if handicapped. The right to be among the first to receive relief in times of disaster. The right to learn to be a useful member of society and to develop individual abilities. The right to be brought up in a spirit of peace and universal brotherhood. The right to enjoy these rights, regardless of race, colour, sex, religion, national, or social origin.


Invest in Girls and Women: Everybody Wins Invest in Girls and Women: Girls and Women Are at the Heart of Development Invest in Women's Health Invest in Maternal and Newborn Health

Invest in Girls and Women: Everybody Wins

The Path Ahead to Sustainable Development

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Infographics featured in the toolkit focus on key issues related to investing in girls and women. Download the infographics

Invest in Equality Invest in Girls' Education Invest in Family Planning and Reproductive Health

In the 1980s, 36,000 children under five died each day from largely preventable causes.
In 1990, that figure was 33,000. In 2000 it was 26,000. Last year, it was 19,000.

This dramatic drop came about through a combination of vaccination programs, nutrition programs, and better water and sanitation.
But we cannot celebrate until all children can share in this progress.

It should anger us that most of these 19,000 children die daily from causes we know how to prevent.
We have the products and the potential to save these lives.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

Health Ecucation To Villages 19,000 children die every day from preventable causes

13 September 2012
The UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation released the latest estimates on child mortality. Overall, substantial progress has been made towards achieving MDG 4. The number of under-five deaths worldwide has declined from nearly 12 (11.7, 12.2)1 million in 1990 to 6.9 (6.8, 7.4) million in 2011. While that translates into 14,000 fewer children dying every day in 2011 than in 1990, it still implies the deaths of 19,000 children under age five every day in 2011.

 Click here to download the report and its annex.

For more information on the child mortality estimation methods, refer to the PLOS Medicine Collection on Child Mortality Estimation Methods.

Also available for download:
Under-five mortality rate: Estimates and 90% uncertainty intervals
Infant mortality rate: Estimates and 90% uncertainty intervals
Sex-specific under-five mortality rate: Estimates
Neonatal mortality rate: Estimates
Annual rate of reduction of under-five mortality: Estimates and 90% uncertainty intervals
Country-specific methodological notes: Summary

The Girl Declaration

Girls have the power to stop poverty before it starts.

The Girl Declaration was created to make sure their needs are prioritised in the post-2015 development agenda.

Girls were left out of the original Millennium Development Goals. The Girl Declaration has been written to make sure that doesn't happen again.

Bringing together the thinking of 508 girls living in poverty across the globe with the expertise of more than 25 of the world's leading development organisations, the Girl Declaration is our tool to stop poverty before it starts.


Read the five goals and seven principles that can create a better future for girls and end poverty for the world. -

UNICEF India's Ammaji Video Series now on HealthPhone UNICEF India's Ammaji Video Series now on HealthPhone

The Ammaji health and nutrition education series of 42 videos help improve and save childrens' and mothers' lives. They aim to promote changes in knowledge, attitudes, practices and beliefs through key messages in the major health ttopics. It is the expectation from these videos that they will help rural women: understand the benefits of recommended behaviours address some of the constraints in their social environments adopt simple household behaviours and access frontline workers (like Anganwadi Workers, ANMs, ASHAs, Panchayats, etc) in their communities.

They are designed to be used as interpersonal communication tools by individuals and frontline workers in giving out important information to women and caregivers.

Every Newborn Toolkit Every Newborn Toolkit

Addressing newborn survival requires clear consensus on evidence, strategies and actions by a broad community of partners. Every Newborn will be a roadmap for change taking forward the United Nations Secretary General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health by focusing specific attention on newborn health and identifying actions for improving their survival, health and development.

The plan is being developed by a diverse group of stakeholders, led by WHO and UNICEF, and guided by the advice of countries and experts. This Toolkit provides practical support to all those engaged in promoting greater action and accountability on newborn and maternal health through national planning and programming, advocacy, research, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.

Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2013

Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2013The annual number of under-five deaths fell from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012. But much faster progress is needed to reduce preventable diseases that cause child mortality. This is the second report in a series intended to track progress on child survival and promote accountability for global commitments.

Sept 2013 - UNICEF - 42 pages - ISBN: 978-92-806-4655-9 - download pdf

Videos: Progress towards ending preventable child deaths | Health care extension workers in Ethiopia help address child mortality | Committing to child survival
View Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2013 Executive Summary | English | French | Spanish | Arabic
View Levels and Trends in Child Mortality, Report 2013 | English

Current Technical Information for Global Health Professionals

Global Health eLearning Center

A flexible learning program for busy professionals
Each course is authored by a subject matter expert or a team of experts, is highly focused, and can be completed in about one to two hours. Learners can access a course in multiple visits and a pick up where they left off at any time. Although courses are designed to be taken online, a printer-friendly format allows you to download and print course materials for further study. Some titles are available in languages other than English. Learners can complete individual courses, or a series of related courses as part of a Certificate Program.

The Global Health Workforce is in Crisis

Billions of people are denied access to safe, effective healthcare as a result of workforce shortages and lack of support to teh existing workforce. Here are just a few of the consequences:
  • 48 million women give birth each year without a skilled health worker present
  • 6.9 million children under 5 die from treatable & preventable diseases every year
  • Ninety percent of all maternal deaths and 80 percent of stillbirths happen in just 58 countries. These countries have only 17 percent of the worlds midwives and physicians.
Urgent Action is Needed: Global conversation starts Monday 9th September, through September and October, sponsored by the Global Health Workforce Alliance
HIFA2015: Priorities in Human Resources for Health

GHWA vision: Every person everywhere will have access to an informed, supported and motivated health worker. For further reading, please browse the GHWA Knowledge Centre, a collection of resources on HRH issues, organised by theme.

GHWA fact sheet, brief introduction to some of the issues in Human Resources for Health. A reference for the discussions over the coming weeks on HIFA.
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WHO: Health education: theoretical concepts, effective strategies and core competencies

This book provides a common understanding of health education disciplines and related concepts. It also offers a framework that clarifies the relationship between health literacy, health promotion, determinants of health and healthy public policy and health outcomes. It is targeted at health promotion and education professionals and professionals in related disciplines.

Health education as a tool for health promotion is critical for improving the health of populations and promotes health capital. Yet, it has not always received the attention needed. The limited interest stems from various factors, including: lack of understanding of health education by those working in this field; lack of knowledge of and consensus on the definitions and concepts of health education and promotion; and the difficulty health educators face in demonstrating the efficiency and showing tangible results of the practice of health education. Of course, there are many success stories relating to health education, particularly in the settings approach, such as health-promoting schools, workplaces, clinics and communities. However, where boundaries are not well defined, implementing health education becomes more challenging...

Wellstart's Lactation Management Self-Study Modules, Level 1 Wellstart’s Lactation Management Self-Study Modules, Level 1

The New Revised 4th Edition - English - pdf formatpdf 151 pages 1.9 mb - Edición en Español

This educational tool is downloadable without charge.

Visitors are invited but not required to help this tool to continue to be available by donating any amount they wish to Wellstart International, a US based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that is compliant with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

Users are also requested to send your name, professional school that you are affiliated with and an e-mail address to [email protected] so that we may send you updates and alerts about relevant new materials and references.

New Course — mHealth Basics: Introduction to Mobile Technology for Health

Global Health eLearning Center - US AID - K4Health
mHealth is the use of mobile and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives. The widespread use of mobile phones is one reason why this practice is rapidly progressing.  This course provides an introduction to this emerging field and an overview of best practices for mHealth solution development. The focus of the course is on mHealth applications commonly used in developing country contexts.

mHealthEvidence — Knowledge for Health (K4Health)

mHealthEvidence — Knowledge for Health (K4Health) was designed to bring together the world's literature on mHealth to make it easier for program managers, researchers, funders, Ministry staff, and other key decision-makers to  design and implement effective and efficient programs and remain current with the state-of-the-art. It houses information on peer-reviewed evidence from low-, middle- and high-resource settings and will be expanded in the coming months to include grey literature. Material is classified using the new mHealth Evidence Taxonomy, developed in coordination with the WHO, and is easily filtered and searched to facilitate the identification of evidence-based, high-impact mHealth practices.

The 10 leading causes of death in the world, 2000 and 2011

WHO Fact sheet N°310 - Updated July 2013

Ischaemic heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive lung disease, diarrhoea and HIV/AIDS have remained the top major killers during the past decade.
  1. The 10 leading causes of death in the world, 2000 and 2011
  2. The 10 leading causes of death by income group (2011)
  3. Major causes of death
  4. Deaths across the globe: an overview
  5. Why do we need to know the reasons people die?

Surgical Care at the District Hospital - The WHO Manual

Surgical Care at the District Hospital is a practical resource for individual practitioners and for use in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, in-service training and continuing medical education programmes. The manual is designed to promote quality surgical care at district (first-referral) level hospitals for patients who cannot be safely transferred to a secondary or tertiary-level hospital. It covers critical aspects of paediatric surgical care, such as fundamentals of surgical practice for the paediatric patient, management of emergencies and paediatric anaesthesia.

Surgical Care at the District Hospital - The WHO Manual The WHO manual SCDH has been developed as a practical resource for individual practitioners and for use in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, in-service training and continuing medical education programmes.

It has been translated to French, Korean, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Dari, Farsi, and an International Edition is also available.

The manual is a successor of three earlier publications:

- General Surgery at the District Hospital (WHO, 1998)
- Surgery at the District Hospital: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics and Traumatology (WHO, 1991)
- Anaesthesia at the District Hospital (WHO, 1988; 2nd edition 2000)

This manual draws together material from these three publications into a single volume which includes new and updated material, as well as material from "Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide for Midwives and Doctors" (WHO, 2000).

Adherence to long-term Therapies: Evidence for action

Adherence to long-term Therapies: Evidence for action Adherence to therapies is a primary determinant of treatment success. Poor adherence attenuates optimum clinical benefits and therefore reduces the overall effectiveness of health systems.

"Medicines will not work if you do not take them" — Medicines will not be effective if patients do not follow prescribed treatment, yet in developed countries only 50% of patients who suffer from chronic diseases adhere to treatment recommendations. In developing countries, when taken together with poor access to health care, lack of appropriate diagnosis and limited access to medicines, poor adherence is threatening to render futile any effort to tackle chronic conditions, such as diabetes, depression and HIV/AIDS.

Intended for policy-makers, health managers, and clinical practitioners, this report provides a concise summary of the consequences of poor adherence for health and economics. It also discusses the options available for improving adherence, and demonstrates the potential impact on desired health outcomes and health care budgets. It is hoped that this report will lead to new thinking on policy development and action on adherence to long-term therapies.
  • More than 50% of all medicines are prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately, and half of all patients fail to take medicines correctly.
  • The overuse, underuse or misuse of medicines harms people and wastes resources.
  • More than 50% of all countries do not implement basic policies to promote rational use of medicines.
  • In developing countries, less than 40% of patients in the public sector and 30% in the private sector are treated according to clinical guidelines.
  • A combination of health-care provider education and supervision, consumer education, and an adequate medicines supply is effective in improving the use of medicines, while any of these interventions alone has limited impact.

WHO - Medicines: rational use of medicines - WHO Fact Sheet 2012

Randomised Trials in Child Health in Developing Countries 2012-13

This small booklet summarizes much of the latest research on child health in developing countries: evidence derived from all the randomized trials published over the last year.

The aim is to make this information widely available to paediatricians, child health nurses, midwives, researchers, students and administrators in places where up-to-date health information is hard to find.  We hope that such information will be helpful in reviewing treatment guidelines, clinical and public health approaches, and in teaching about paediatrics and evidence-based medicine.  This year there were 211 trials

Hyperlinks in the booklet direct you to free full-text versions of the papers, where these are available.

The continuation of this suffering and loss of life contravenes the natural human instinct to help in times of disaster.
Imagine the horror of the world if a major earthquake were to occur and people stood by and watched without assisting the survivors! ....

They die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world.
Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.

spotty scorecard, UNICEF, Progress of Nations

We have the tools, we have the knowledge, and we must match them with our unshakeable commitment to save millions of lives.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

HealthPhone™: What every health worker, family and community has a right to know

There is no dispute about the importance of health knowledge as a means of preventing diseases and boosting child survival.

HealthPhone's health and nutrition content is scripted on knowledge prepared jointly by UNICEF, WHO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, WFP and The World Bank. It addresses the main areas of health concern. This content is pre-loaded on popular low-cost models of mobile phones – no signal is required, no need to download videos and other media. Users choose what they want to watch and listen to and when, wherever they happen to be.

HealthPhone™ is coming soon to a village, slum, town, city, block, district, state, province, country near you!

Early and Exclusive BreastfeedingHand Washing with Soap and WaterUse of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and Zinc
Routine ImmunizationInitiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl

WHO Model List of Essential Medicines

World Health Organization, April 2013

The core list presents a list of minimum medicine needs for a basic health-care system, listing the most efficacious, safe and cost-effective medicines for priority conditions. Priority conditions are selected on the basis of current and estimated future public health relevance, and potential for safe and cost-effective treatment.

18th WHO Model List of Essential Medicines - World Health Organization, April 2013 - 45pp.319 kB

4th WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children - World Health Organization, April 2013 - 35pp.342 kB

"Every person worldwide should have access to all medicines on the WHO core list, prescribed by someone who knows what they are doing. It is an indictment of humanity that the majority of the world's population lack access to essential medicines and/or an informed prescriber. Too many prescribers continue to work in the dark, or are deliberately misled by pharmaceutical sales literature or self-interest into prescribing medicines that are overpriced and ineffective or even harmful.

How can we do better to translate the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines with reality on the ground? How can we improve the availability and use of reliable publications such as the WHO Model Formulary, and thereby achieve the HIFA 2013-15 Challenge: "Every prescriber and user of medicines will have access to reliable information on medicines to protect their own health and the health of others?" Join HIFA2015 and Discuss - It's Free!

Newborn Care Video Series

Newborn Care Video Series Basic Skills
Inserting a Gastric Tube
Feeding with a Gastric Tube
Inserting an IV
Setting Up an IV Line
Taking a Heel Blood Sample
Referring a Sick Baby
Newborn Physical Exam
Breathing Problems
Umbilical Infections
The Home Visit
Giving an Intradermal Injection
The Cold Baby
Skin Infection
The Hot Baby
Breast Engorgement
Preparing the Birth Room
Newborns die at alarming rates in the developing world, nearly 3 million every year. Most can be saved with low-cost, low-tech interventions. Our newborn care series brings alive these lifesaving interventions in a memorable and engaging way to help health workers learn and save newborn lives.

The newborn care series provides our target audience of frontline health workers with visual clinical guidelines for training and review in the clinic setting. We have drawn primarily on the following international standards of care: Care of the Newborn Reference Manual, Save the Children, 2004; Managing Newborn Problems, WHO, 2003; and Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses Chart Booklet, WHO, 2011.

I told my husband that if Shah Jahan could build the Taj Mahal to honour Mumtaz,
why can’t you build a toilet for me?

Village woman in Maharashtra, India

India, where more than 65 percent of people lack a toilet and 500,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal illnesses.

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The Story of Cholera

The Story of Cholera is an engaging, educational animation in which a young boy helps a health worker save his father and then guides his village in preventing cholera from spreading. By making the invisible cholera germs visible, this simple animated narrative brings to life the teaching points of cholera prevention.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports an estimated 3–5 million cholera cases annually, resulting in 100,000–120,000 deaths worldwide. Cholera can kill quickly and, if not contained, will spread like wildfire. Yet, it is preventable and readily treatable.

Public education is an effective means to help contain epidemics. But at-risk populations are often poorly informed as to how cholera is spread and how to prevent transmission.

Produced by: Global Health Media Project

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The Girl Declaration The Girl Declaration

The voice of the girl gets louder when you add yours to it. Are you in?

The Girl Declaration will be a call to action to the world to put girls on the post 2015 agenda. It will be launched on International Day of the Girl in October 2013.

So far we've met with hundreds of girls across the world who have been speaking out on behalf of the 250 million girls living in poverty today.

They're from big cities, small towns, remote villages, a wide range of cultures and different political environments.

The thing that connects them all is poverty.

Many have never been heard before. We explained to them that plans are being written for their futures. We asked them what they wanted the world to know. They had plenty to say.

We've translated their hopes and dreams into a set of recommended goals for the Girl Declaration, which you can read at the bottom of this page.

But we haven't finished yet. We're going to speak with hundreds more girls over the coming months. We want to make their voices so loud that the whole world sits up and pays attention.

Their voices will create the Girl Declaration.

MDG Momentum

On 5 April, the UN and partners worldwide observed the 1,000-day mark to the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in half the world's extreme poverty rate. More girls are in school. Fewer children are dying. The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.

There are 1,000 days to accelerate action on issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal health and gender equality. Get involved and help build more #MDGmomentum!

MDGs in Action - Quick facts and success stories

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Achieve universal primary education Promote gender equality and empower women Reduce child mortality Improve maternal health Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases Ensure environmental sustainability Global partnership for development

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MDG Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger MDG Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education MDG Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women MDG Goal 4: Reduce child mortality MDG Goal 5: Improve maternal health MDG Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases MDG Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability MDG Goal 8: A global partnership for development

Think of the poorest you have ever seen and ask if your next act will be of any use to him.
Mahatma Gandhi
Of all forms of inequity, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Training and Learning Programs for Volunteer Community Health Workers

Learn how to organize and deliver training and learning programs for volunteer community health workers.
Workload: 5-7 hours/week - Taught In: English - Subtitles Available In: English

Volunteer community health workers (CHWs) are a major strategy for increasing access to and coverage of basic health interventions. Our village health worker training course reviews the process of training and continuing education of CHWs as an important component of involving communities in their own health service delivery. Participants will be guided through the steps of planning training and continuing education activities for village volunteers. The course draws on real-life examples from community-directed onchocerciasis control, village health worker programs, community case management efforts, peer educators programs and patent medicine vendor training programs, to name a few.

Pocket book of hospital care for children: Second edition Pocket book of hospital care for children: Second edition

This is a pocket-sized manual for use by doctors, senior nurses and other senior health workers who are responsible for the care of young children at the first referral level in developing countries. It presents up-to-date clinical guidelines which are based on a review of the available published evidence by subject experts, for both inpatient and outpatient care in small hospitals where basic laboratory facilities and essential drugs and inexpensive medicines are available. It focuses on the inpatient management of the major causes of childhood mortality, such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, severe malnutrition, malaria, meningitis, measles, HIV infection and related conditions. It covers neonatal problems and surgical conditions of children which can be managed in small hospitals. This pocket book is part of a series of documents and tools that support the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI).

Whereas this manual focuses on treatment recommendations, a summary of the technical background and the evidence base underlying these clinical guidelines is presented in the background book Serious childhood problems in countries with limited resources (ISBN 29 4 156269 2).

This pocket book updates and expands the guidelines contained in Management of the child with a serious infection or severe malnutrition (WHO/FCH/CAH/00.1).

Hospital Care for Adolescents and Adults: Integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult Illness (IMAI) Hospital Care for Adolescents and Adults: Integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult Illness (IMAI)

Volume 1: 504 pp. 2.8 MB - Volume: 2: 780 pp. 3.7 MB:

The manual is written for clinicians working at the district hospital (first-level referral care) who diagnose and manage sick adolescents and adults in resource constrained settings. It aims to support clinical reasoning, and to provide an effective clinical approach and protocols for the management of common and serious or potentially life-threatening conditions at district hospitals. The target audience thus includes doctors, clinical officers, health officers, and senior nurse practitioners. It has been designed to be applicable in both high and low HIV prevalence settings.

Volume 1 covers emergency triage assessment and treatment, and acute care for a severely ill or acutely injured patient for approximately the first 24 hours of care. It describes the clinical procedures commonly used in emergency and acute care, and gives a summary of the medicines used and the steps necessary for infection control.

Volume 2 provides a symptom-based approach to clinical care for acute and subacute conditions (including mental health). It provides short summaries of the management of diseases that affect multiple systems of the body, focusing on communicable diseases. It also includes the chronic or long-term management of HIV, TB, alcohol, and substance use disorders.

updated on 29 March, 2014
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