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12 May 2016
Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and with the sponsorship of Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid, Convenor of the Every Woman Every Child Everywhere platform, a group of development, humanitarian and human rights experts in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), representing 20 different organizations convened meeting—4-5 April 2016—in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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10 May 2016
Investing in adolescent health and wellbeing could transform global health for generations to come, says major report


“Young people are the world’s greatest untapped resource”, writes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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10 May 2016
The Lancet: Investing in adolescent health and wellbeing could transform global health for generations to come, says major report

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02 May 2016
A special issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization was launched today, focused on evidence for effective implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

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01 May 2016
Note for the Media

2 May 2016

NOTICE TO READERS: The Bulletin of the World Health Organization, an international public health journal, was created by WHO as a forum for public health experts to publish their findings, express their views and engage a wider audience on critical public health issues of the day. Consequently, the views expressed by the writers in these pages do not necessarily represent the views of the World Health Organization (WHO).


Dear journalists,

Please note that the EMBARGO time is the following:

EMBARGO: PLEASE DO NOT DISTRIBUTE OR PUBLISH THE CONTENTS OF THIS MEDIA NOTE OR THE ATTACHED STUDY BEFORE MONDAY, 2 MAY 2016, AT 00:15 GENEVA TIME (CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME) AND SUNDAY 1 MAY 2016, AT 18:15 US EASTERN TIME.

Study highlights growing threat of noncommunicable diseases to women’s survival in pregnancy and childbirth


Geneva, 2 May 2016. More women in Mexico than previously thought are dying of indirect causes of maternal mortality – such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension – conditions that often predate their pregnancies, according to a study published today.

The study, by authors in Mexico and the United States of America, appears in a special issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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12 April 2016
By Princess Sarah Zeid and Rym Al Falasi

In September 2015, the leaders of all 193 member countries of the United Nations made a milestone pledge to end the preventable deaths of women and children by 2030. It was both a moral and strategic breakthrough – as healthy mothers and children lead to healthy societies – but the 2030 goal also crystallised the urgency that drove the launch of our initiative, Every Woman Every Child EveryWhere, just over a year ago in Abu Dhabi.

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08 April 2016

Preventing the Next Global Health Epidemic

As the recent  health  crises of the Zika and Ebola viruses so readily demonstrate, global leaders are time and again failing in their duty to identify, prepare for, and sufficiently tackle emerging health threats across developing countries.

This World Health Day is shining a light on another dangerous, growing and significantly underestimated threat. The worrying increase in cases of diabetes across low to middle income countries represents the next global health emergency: an epidemic in-waiting that, without concerted and deliberate action by the global community, will have devastating, and often fatal consequences, in particular for women, children and the poorest in society.

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08 April 2016
World Health Day marks the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 58th birthday, and this year’s theme is ‘Beat Diabetes’—a global attempt to create a platform of awareness about the worrying rise of the disease and its effects on those in low to middle income countries. One group who are particularly vulnerable, yet also have the potential to truly beat diabetes, is adolescent girls.

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08 April 2016

Strategies to minimize a child’s risk of developing diabetes – an African context

As this year’s World Health Day encourages us to shed light on the severity of diabetes in low-middle income countries, there is one crucial part of the puzzle that must not be forgotten: the widespread and tragic impact of diabetes on children across the world.

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08 April 2016
In sub-Saharan Africa each day, 550 women and 2,800 newborns die from preventable complications related to pregnancy, childbirth, and other causes. An additional 2,900 women experience a stillbirth. Childbirth is the riskiest time for women and their babies, and diabetes is one of the most important risk factors for complications. The theme of World Health Day this year is “Beat Diabetes.” As the global community unites to increase awareness about the shocking rise in diabetes, we must not overlook the staggering burden and consequences of diabetes for pregnant women and their babies.

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