Child and adolescent health

Most children and adolescents in the WHO European Region enjoy a high standard of health and well-being. However, disparities in child health between and within countries persist. The Region includes countries with the lowest infant and child mortality rates in the world, but mortality in countries with the highest rate for children under 5 years is 25 times higher than that in countries with the lowest rate. Every year more than 160 000 children in the European Region die before the age of five, 50% of them in the first month of life.

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Day 1 – Intercountry meeting on school health in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

The WHO intercountry meeting on school health in the prevention of NCDs started on 23 August 2016 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Welcome speeches were given by Dr J Habicht, WHO Representative and Head of Country Office, Kyrgyzstan; and the Minister of Health of Kyrgyzstan, Professor Talantbek Batyraliev.

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Video – Youth talk about health

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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 life.

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