The UN General Assembly adopted the Convention and opened it for signature on 20 November 1989 (the 30th anniversary of its Declaration of the Rights of the Child).It came into force on 2 September 1990, after it was ratified by the required number of nations. The Convention deals with the child-specific needs and rights. It […]

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The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, appointed Ms Byanyima as the UNAIDS Executive Director and United Nations Under-Secretary-General following a comprehensive selection process that involved a search committee constituted by members of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board. The UNAIDS Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations made the final recommendation on the appointment to the Secretary-General. Ms Byanyima […]

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This report reviews and analyses the Affordable Medicines Programme, which was introduced in Ukraine in April 2017 to provide patients with improved access to 23 outpatient medicines for the treatment of chronic noncommunicable diseases. The evaluation combines both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The findings confirm that the Programme has contributed to a significant increase in […]

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Out-of-pocket payments for health can create a financial barrier to access, resulting in unmet need, or lead to financial hardship for people using health services. This report brings together for the first time data on unmet need and financial hardship to assess whether people living in Europe can afford to pay for health care. Drawing on […]

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This paper highlights how accountability mechanisms and processes can play a vital role in driving progress on the Health 2020 and Sustainable Development Goals health equity commitments. Using concrete examples, it identifies how accountability mechanisms and processes assist countries in advancing on health equity and demonstrates how progress stalls when they are absent. It highlights […]

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Child maltreatment is a major public health problem, affecting at least 55 million children in the WHO European Region. The impact of abuse and/or neglect in childhood is detrimental to physical, psychological and reproductive health throughout the life-course, yet the high costs to society are avoidable. There are clear risk factors for maltreatment at the […]

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I launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in September 2010 because I believed the global community could and should do more to save the lives and improve the well-being of women and children. I have been greatly encouraged by the response, including the powerful multi-stakeholder Every Woman Every Child movement. A surge […]

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Adolescents are not simply old children or young adults. This deceptively simple observation lies at the heart of Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): guidance to support country implementation – which reflects the coming of age of adolescent health within global public health. This guidance is a milestone for translating the Global […]

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INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against childrenidentifies a select group of strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. They are: implementation and enforcement of laws; norms and values; safe environments; parent and caregiver support; income and economic strengthening; response and support services; and education and life skills.  The package is anchored […]

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