Child and adolescent health and development

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Strategic guidance on accelerating actions for adolescent health in SEA Region (2018–2022)

Health and well-being of 362 million adolescent (10–19 years) boys and girls in the South-East Asia Region will be the key to the national development of Member States as they progress towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Regional Strategic Guidance on accelerating actions for Adolescent Health (2018–2022) provides a way forward to countries to build upon the existing national adolescent health plans using intersectoral approach and for providing comprehensive and multi-dimensional services.

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Improving Newborn and Child Health: A strategic framework (2018–2022)

The Regional Strategic Framework for improving newborn and child health (2018-2022) provides guidance to Member States on accelerating action towards further reduction in newborn and under-five mortality and progressing towards achieving SDG 2030 targets. The Strategic Framework also focuses on actions for promoting health, development and well-being of children in line with the “Thrive” and “Transform” objectives of the Global Strategy.

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Improving the Quality of Care for Mothers and Newborns in Health Facilities

POCQI Manuals-Version 02
WHO-SEARO in partnership with WHOCC AIIMS, UNICEF, UNFPA and USAID has prepared a training package for building capacity of healthcare teams in health facilities for continuous quality improvement of maternal and newborn healthcare. The focus is on the care of mothers and newborns at the time of child birth since a large proportion of maternal deaths, newborn deaths and stillbirths happen around that time. The second version of the training package has an additional case study to improve care of small babies and sick babies admitted in newborn units in hospitals/health facilities. The 4-Step POCQI (Point of care Quality Improvement) package includes Facilitator Manual and Learner Manual that present a demystified and simple model of quality improvement at the level of health facilities using local data to identify quality gaps, analyze underlying causes and improve health care practices in their own specific context without much additional resources. The learning methods include short presentations, group work, activities, games and video clips. The POCQI package is in use to build capacity of healthcare teams in the countries of the Region and beyond.