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Maternal and newborn health take the spotlight at the World Health Assembly

By: Rima Jolivet; Originally posted on Maternal Health Task Force 

In an important development for the global maternal health community, the long-awaited Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) will be launched at the 68th World Health Assembly, at an event hosted by Cameroon and Malawi and co-sponsored by the contributors to the Every Newborn Action Plan. Read More...

Women Deliver CEO Joins the Secretary General & Other Global Leaders to Improve the Future of Health

By: Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver

This week, Women Deliver’s CEO, Katja Iversen, and a select group of influencers – including government ministers, UN representatives and civil society leaders – are attending the Greentree Retreat to discuss one of the most pressing development issues of our time: the future of women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health.
 
The new Global Strategy builds on the action sparked by Every Woman Every Child (EWEC), which has been the fastest growing public health partnership in history, with $34 billion in commitments dispersed to strengthen women and children’s health since 2010. Unprecedented progress has been made in improving the lives of women and children around the world over the last five years and EWEC has been credited with helping to save the lives of 2.4 million women and children in 49 countries.  Read More...

 

Delivering on the promise of multisectoral collaboration

By: Sharon D'Agostino, Saundra Pelletier, Katja Iversen; Originally posted on Devex

No individual, organization or sector can solve major global health and development challenges alone. But how we can work together to improve the health, rights and well-being of women and girls everywhere?

That question was at the center of a recent conversation between Women Deliver CEO Katja Iversen, Woman Care Global CEO Saundra Pelletier and Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of corporate citizenship at Johnson & Johnson.

J&J and Woman Care Global are both members of C Exchange, a corporate forum where businesses with an established track record in improving the lives of girls and women come together to share ideas and affect change.

Here’s an edited transcript of the conversation as provided by Women Deliver. Read More...

Built to last: How FP2020 accelerates progress on MDG 5

By Suzanne Ehlers; originally posted on Devex

When the Millennium Development Goals were first conceived, no one could imagine the incredible political and financial commitments they would mobilize from the donor community, country governments and civil society. 

For donors, the goals provided a shared agenda that elevated a new standard of collaboration and coordination above narrow parochial inter ests. For governments, the goals encouraged accountability by placing their performance on improving health, strengthening governance and reducing poverty in the global spotlight. And finally, for civil society, the goals created a platform of rights and responsibilities to drive advocacy forward. Read More...

 

Gearing Up for the Shared Value Summit

By: Meghan Ennes; originally posted on Shared Value Initiative

When society invests in women and girls, everybody wins. That’s the mantra of Katja Iversen’s organization, Women Deliver, a leading global advocate for girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing. In the following interview, Iversen explores the power that corporates have to significantly impact the lives of women – and why their success is really good for business. Read more...

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