The life-course approach aims at increasing the effectiveness of interventions throughout a person’s life. It focuses on a healthy start to life and targets the needs of people at critical periods throughout their lifetime . It promotes timely investments with a high rate of return for public health and the economy by addressing the causes, not the consequences, of ill health.About life-course approach
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Top storyInternational Youth Day: Safe spaces for healthy adolescents
On 12 August, the world marks International Youth Day, with “safe spaces for youth” as the theme. Young people in the WHO European Region are healthier than ever before; however, many challenges still remain. Ensuring safe spaces during this important period of change is a critical step towards creating positive experiences for youth that encourage healthy lifestyles.
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PublicationsThe life-course approach: from theory to practice. Case stories from two small countries in Europe (2018)
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Over 160 000 children in the European Region die before the age of five every year, 50% of them in the first month of lifeMore data
In 2014 a roadmap was developed to improve maternal and child health in Armenia. WHO/Europe provides technical support to the Ministry of health specifically, aimed at improving MCH as it remains a key priority for the Armenian Government.