Guidance

Supporting public health: children, young people and families: These documents help to support local authorities and providers in commissioning and delivering maternal and child public health services from preconception up to 24 years. The latest update includes 6 new early years and 6 new school-aged years health impact assessment guides, the health visiting and school nursing service delivery model and population health needs assessment documents.

Reports

Violence Against Women Prevalence Estimates, 2018: The 2018 prevalence of intimate partner violence and sexual violence includes data from 161 countries and areas. The report found that worldwide, nearly 1 in 3, or 30%, of women have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or non-partner sexual violence or both. One of the key findings shows that intimate partner violence begins early with 1 in 4 ever-married/partnered adolescent girls in the youngest age cohort (15–19 years old) is estimated to have already been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime and of young women aged 15–24 experienced this violence within the past 12 months. The WHO and partners call for a renewed commitment to SDG Target 5.2 to eliminate violence against women by 2030.

Tobacco control to improve child health and development: This WHO report calls for raised awareness on the devastating harms from tobacco use and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke during pregnancy and throughout childhood emphasising the importance strong tobacco control measures for protecting the health and development of children. The authors note that tobacco is a child rights issue and tobacco control is one of the most cost-effective interventions for child health. The authors call for protective policies including banning tobacco advertising, implementing 100% smoke-free environments, and raising taxes on tobacco thus improving children’s chances of a healthier future.

Research

Supporting every school to become a foundation for healthy lives: Schools have an important influence on every student's health. Many health interventions using schools as a platform often lack in uptake and sustainability. Evidence shows that in order to improve health and to reduce inequality, all students must attend school from a young age and for as long as possible, and their educational success therein must be maximised. The authors suggest that coherence between each school's policies, structures and systems, human resources, and practices is required to advance both academic and health outcomes.

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