Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition


Child and Adolescent Health

The majority of under-five deaths are due to a small number of common, preventable and treatable conditions such as infections, malnutrition and neonatal conditions occurring singly or in combination.

WHO promotes the continuum of care spanning from pregnancy and child birth to childhood. It also ensures that the continuum of care covers the home (through empowering families), the community (through improving primary care facilities and bringing care closer to the home), and referral health facilities.


The Nutrition Programme contributes to the improvement of the food and nutritional status of populations of countries in the African Region, particularly vulnerable groups (babies, young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers).