By: The CORE Group
This blog is published in collaboration with a larger campaign spearheaded by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and conducted by Heads of State and Government; Heads of U.N. Agencies; CEO’s; Leaders of Civil Society Organizations; and other global leaders who have demonstrated their leadership in the health field, in support of Every Woman Every Child. Learn more at www.everywomaneverychild.org.
CORE Group is committed to supporting the Every Woman Every Child campaign’s goal to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. As a global health network organization, CORE Group exponentially saves lives by bringing together its member NGOs, associate organizations and partners working all over the world to develop solutions, best practices, and technical tools and resources to improve maternal and child health. With a focus on community health and reaching the most vulnerable through equitable approaches, CORE Group fosters collective learning and program advancement around locally supported community case management, peer groups and systems strengthening. CORE Group builds the capacity of its partners to address the leading causes of maternal, newborn and child deaths while contributing to sustainable community health and wellbeing thereby accelerating the pace of impact. CORE Group is leading the way toward stronger community health approaches worldwide.
“In the past two years since the launch of the Every Woman Every Child campaign, there has been remarkable progress in the health of women and children around the world: child deaths have declined from 7.6 million in 2010 to 6.9 at present; women dying of pregnancy-related causes have fallen from nearly 360,000 in 2008 to 287,000, with major gains made in some of the world’s largest countries; and overall between 2000 and 2011, the annual rate of reduction in the global under-five mortality rate jumped to 3.2%, up from 1.8% in 1990-2000. Sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the greatest challenge in child survival, has doubled its rate of reduction, from 1.5% per year in 1990-2010 to 3.1% in 2000-2011.”
While remarkable progress has been made, we must continue strengthening programs and policies to sustain our achievements and reach our goal by 2015 through greater coordination and collaboration with and within countries where the greatest burden is found. This week of the UN General Assembly is a key moment to push for greater commitment and action from all stakeholders.