Advancing lifecourse programming for child and adolescent health and wellbeing – routine scheduled well-child care visits

April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024

Over the past years, WHO and UNICEF have embarked on efforts to guide a comprehensive agenda and strategic shifts in maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programming that would allow children to survive, thrive and develop their full potential. This includes a lifecourse approach to health and wellbeing, with universal access to preventive, protective, curative and rehabilitative services, and access to targeted and specialized services and support systems in and beyond health for those children and their caregivers who need it.  

As part of these efforts, WHO and UNICEF recently launched the guidance on scheduled child and adolescent well-care visits, aimed at policy makers and managers responsible for designing and managing health and wellbeing services for children and adolescents, and health and non-health care providers. The Guidance outlines what is required to strengthen health systems and services for scheduled routine contacts with providers to support children and adolescents in their growth and developmental trajectory, as well as their primary caregivers and families. It provides the rationale and objectives of well care visits and proposes a minimum of 17 scheduled visits between birth and age 19. In addition, it describes the expected provider tasks during a contact, age-specific content to be addressed during each contact and proposes actions to build on and maximize existing opportunities and resources.

This webinar will introduce the new well-care visits guidance within the broader context of the child and adolescent health and wellbeing agenda and share emerging efforts to map and rethink child health programming in Malawi. 


  • Anshu Banerjee, Director for WHO's Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health & Ageing, WHO Geneva 
  • Wilson Were, Medical Officer, Child Health Services, WHO Geneva
  • Anne Detjen, Child Health Specialist, UNICEF HQ
  • Humphreys Nsona, Malawi Ministry of Health