Maternal Health and Mobile Technology: New Tools for an Important Fight

josh-nesbit.jpgBy: Josh Nesbit, co-founder and executive director of FrontlineSMS:Medic

The magnitude of certain problems is fully evident and inexcusable. Each year, 350,000 women and girls die every year from pregnancy-related causes, and over 100 million lack access to family planning. My generation has had access to these staggering statistics for years. As global citizens, we must now choose to act.

I was honored to join heads of UN agencies and government officials, as well as corporate and nonprofit leaders at last week’s Women Deliver event, “Accelerating Action on the MDGs: Delivering for Women, Girls, and Babies.” The theme threading the event’s discussions was clear - low-hanging impact exists, and if we want to increase access to proven interventions, we need to get creative. Read more...

UNGA Week in NY: What Will it Bring for Women?

By: Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver; originally posted at the Huffington Post

I kicked off this week with an energizing maternal health advocacy brunch that welcomed leaders, delegates, activists, and young people to New York for the United Nations General Assembly. This week, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will come under close review. Leaders will examine where development progress has been made and why, where it has been too slow, and consider just what we need to move forward toward our goals. In short, this is a make-or-break week for many reasons. Read more...

Women: Inspiration & Enterprise Symposium | Women Inspiring Women

By: Mariko Rasmussen, Program Assistant for Women Deliver; 1 of 50 Young Champions for Women at the WIE Symposium 

On September 20, 2010, I attended the inaugural Women: Inspire & Enterprise (WIE) Symposium, hosted by Sarah Brown, Arianna Huffington and Donna Karan, an event that drew powerful women in politics, philanthropy, media, fashion and the arts to New York City for a full day of speakers, panels and workshops, as well as exhibitions, performances and awards. The WIE Symposium was held to coincide with the United Nations review summit on the Millennium Development Goals and the Clinton Global Initiative, adding to the multitude of events taking place in the city this week to push world leaders to keep their promises to girls and women and to get new pledges and commitments to maternal health. Read more...

Commitments to the “Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health;” Over $40 Billion

Culminating a global summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Heads of State and Government, along with the private sector, foundations, international organizations, civil society and research organizations, kicked off a concerted world-wide effort to save the lives of more than 16 million women and children. At a special UN event to launch the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, stakeholders pledged over $40 billion in resources for women’s and children’ health, as well as many other commitments of efforts and resources. Women Deliver launched a commitment earlier in the week at the event, “Accelerating Action on the MDGs.” (Download here)

“I welcome Women Deliver’s commitment to galvanise world-wide advocacy around MDG 5 – improving maternal health,” said United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. “Ensuring that women and girls can access the prevention, treatment and care they need is one of the best investments we can make for this and future generations."

NGOs and Foundations Make New Pledges Committing to Maternal Health

UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon is about to launch the Global Strategy for Maternal and Child Health to accelerate progress on women’s and children’s health and is being met with great support from various organizations. CARE International has announced a $1.8 billion commitment, the United Nations Foundations has announced $400 million to improve the health of children and women globally by 2015, the Belinda Stronach Foundation commits up to $5 million over the next 5 years to empower girls and women, and World Vision International has made a commitment of US $1.5 billion to maternal, newborn and child health over five years, with $500 million of that from government or public sources. Click through to read more... 

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