International Best Practices & Guidance

This collection of resources provides easy access to global best practice standards and guidelines on maternal and child health; the prevention, management and control of HIV; disease surveillance; and emergency response, focused on infection prevention and control and Ebola response. Click on each tab to explore. 

To view the full resource library including organizational capacity resources, health worker and student resources, and national guidance documents, click here

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Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Implementation Guide

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2018

The Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Implementation Guide is a tool for advancing sustainable national programs for newborn and maternal health. The HBB Implementation Guide is downloadable as an entire manual, or as individual Sections or Tools. For maximum impact, HBB should be integrated into existing newborn or maternal health training, but it can​ be implemented as a stand-alone program, depending on national priorities.

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Helping Babies Breathe Webinar Series

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2018

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) teaches the initial steps of neonatal resuscitation to be accomplished within The Golden Minute to save lives and give a much better start to many babies who struggle to breathe at birth. HBB neonatal resuscitation techniques that have been shown to reduce neonatal mortality by up to 47% and fresh stillbirths by 24%. The Helping Babies Breathe 2nd Edition Webinar Series has been developed to provide additional advice to support training, skills retention, and ongoing efforts to improve HBB implementation efforts around the world. This series has been designed to be a valuable resource for providers who use HBB in their work, as well as facilitators who train others in this life saving curriculum. Each webinar focuses on a different topic and can be viewed in any order.

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Definition of skilled health personnel providing care during childbirth

World Health Organization, 2018

This 2018 joint statement presents the 2018 definition of skilled health personnel providing care during childbirth (also widely known as a “skilled birth attendants” or SBAs) as competent maternal and newborn health (MNH) professionals educated, trained, and regulated to national and international standards. They are competent to: (i) provide and promote evidence-based, human-rights based, quality, socioculturally sensitive and dignified care to women and newborns; (ii) facilitate physiological processes during labour and delivery to ensure a clean and positive childbirth experience; and (iii) identify and manage or refer women and/or newborns with complications.

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Recommendations: Intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

World Health Organization, 2018

This up-to-date, comprehensive and consolidated guideline on essential intrapartum care brings together new and existing WHO recommendations that, when delivered as a package, will ensure good-quality and evidence-based care irrespective of the setting or level of health care. The recommendations presented in this guideline are neither country nor region specific and acknowledge the variations that exist globally as to the level of available health services within and between countries. The guideline highlights the importance of woman-centred care to optimize the experience of labor and childbirth for women and their babies through a holistic, human rights-based approach.

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Global Health eLearning Center

Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, 2018

The Global Health eLearning Center offers courses aimed at increasing knowledge in a variety of global health technical areas. Courses are also organized into Certificate Programs to help you focus your learning with a more comprehensive study of key topics of global health. You can earn a certificate in a variety of global health areas by successfully completing all courses within a program area.

Certificates include: Child Survival, Family Planning Methods, Governance and Health, HIV, Infectious Diseases, Maternal Health, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Neonatal Health, and Organizational Change and Knowledge Management. 

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National Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Policy

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Sierra Leone, 2017

This policy guidance promotes the healthy development and wellbeing, and acceleration of the reduction of preventable deaths of women, newborns, children, and adolescents in Sierra Leone.

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Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services

World Health Organization, 2017

This guideline provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on protection, promotion and support of optimal breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services, as a public health intervention. The document presents the key recommendations, a summary of the supporting evidence and a description of the considerations that contributed to the deliberations and consensus decision-making.

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Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A guide for midwives and doctors

World Health Organization, 2017

While most pregnancies and births are uneventful, all pregnancies are at risk. Around 15% of all pregnant women will develop a potentially life-threatening complication that calls for skilled care, and some will require a major obstetrical intervention to survive.

This manual is written for midwives and doctors at the district hospital who are responsible for the care of women with complications of pregnancy, childbirth, or the immediate postpartum period, including immediate problems of the newborn.

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WHO Recommendations on Child Health

World Health Organization, 2017

This publication on WHO recommendations related to child health is one of four in a series; the others relate to newborn, maternal and adolescent health. The objective of this document is to make available WHO recommendations on child health in one easy-to-access document for WHO staff, policy-makers, programme managers, and health professionals. The compilation can also help better define gaps to prioritize guideline updates.

This document is meant to respond to the questions:

(1) What health interventions should the child receive and when should s/he receive it?

(2) What health behaviors should a mother/caregiver practice (or not practice)?

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WHO Recommendations on Newborn Health

World Health Organization, 2017

This publication on WHO recommendations related to newborn health is one of four in a series; the others relate to maternal, child and adolescent health. The objective of this document is to make available WHO recommendations on newborn health in one easy-to-access document for WHO staff, policy-makers, programme managers, and health professionals. The compilation can also help better define gaps to prioritize guideline updates.

This document is meant to respond to the questions:

(1) What health interventions should be the newborn and young infants < 2 months of age receive and when should s/he receive?

(2) What health behaviors should a mother/caregiver practice (or not practice)?

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WHO Recommendations on Maternal Health Guidelines

World Health Organization, 2017

This publication on WHO recommendations related to maternal health is one of four in a series; the others relate to newborn, child and adolescent health. The objective of this document is to make available WHO recommendations on maternal health in one easy-to-access document for WHO staff, policy-makers, programme managers, and health professionals. The compilation can also help better define gaps to prioritize guideline updates. 

This document is meant to respond to the questions:

(1) What health interventions should be delivered during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period?

(2) What health behaviors should the women practice (or not practice) during these periods to care for herself and her baby?

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