World Health Organization and Knowledge Translation in Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition



The World Health Organization (WHO) has a mandate to promote maternal and child health and well-being by supporting governments in the form of technical assistance, standards, epidemiological and statistical services, promoting the ‘education and training of health professionals and to provide direct assistance in emergencies. The Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (MNCAHN) was established in 2020 to advise the Director-General of WHO on matters relating to the MNCAHN. STAGE comprises people from several low, middle and high income countries, has representatives from many professional disciplines and with diverse backgrounds and interests.

Advances in MNCAHN require improvements in service quality, equity of access, and service evolution as technical focus, community needs, and epidemiology change. Applying knowledge of WHO guidance and other guidelines is an important part. Countries need effective and responsive structures for adapting and implementing evidence-based interventions, strategies to improve uptake of guidelines, education and training, and mechanisms to monitor quality and Security. This document summarizes the recommendations from STAGE on how to improve knowledge translation at MNCAHN. They include support to national and regional technical advisory groups and subnational committees that coordinate maternal and child health; support for national plans for the MNCAHN, their implementation and monitoring; producing a small number of consolidated MNCAHN guidelines to promote integrated and holistic care; education and quality improvement strategies to support adoption of the guidelines; monitoring gaps in knowledge translation and operations research at MNCAHN.

  • child health
  • adolescent health
  • feeding with milk
  • neonatology
  • primary health care

Declaration of data availability

The data are available in an open access public repository.


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