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Five Global Health Events on the Same Day? How to Stay Connected at the UN General Assembly

By: Nicole Schiegg, Former USAID Senior Advisor; Strategic Comms Consultant; Originally posted on Huffington Post

Next week is the annual gathering of a "who's who" of political, private sector and civil society leaders at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City. It is the culmination of several months of careful planning, especially for global health advocates who pack the week with side events that feature progress and hold the world accountable to do more for the world's most vulnerable. Read more...

#MDG456Live: Follow the Conversations During UNGA Week

During UNGA Week, Women Deliver, FHI360 and Johnson & Johnson, in support of Every Woman Every Child, created a social media hub and daily newsletters that curated conversations taking place on MDGs 4, 5 and 6.  This initiative used the hashtag #MDG456Live to draw content from several social media outlets. In addition, the initiative pulled from other hashtags such as #EWECProgress in order to cover the best of the conversations and events taking place during the week. Read more...

Every Woman Every Child Progress 2012

Originally posted on Every Women Every Child YouTube

Since its launch in September 2010, the Every Woman Every Child movement, led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has helped catalyze new attention and investment to some of the most neglected causes of women's and children's mortality. Read more...

 

The Lancet and Global Partners Collaborate on Midwifery Care Efforts

The Lancet, a scientific journal, has joined an international team of 35 researchers in creating a special series on midwifery for May/June 2013.

The collaboration, which is supported by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will examine important areas of reproductive, maternal and newborn care that are within the scope of midwifery services, and increase the evidence available to guide and promote development of midwifery services, in order to improve maternal, newborn, and infant health outcomes. Read more...

‘A Promise Renewed’ to be Launched at Child Survival Call to Action

Under the umbrella of the United Nations’ Every Woman Every Child program, the Governments of India, Ethiopia, and the United States, together with UNICEF, will convene on June 14-15th at the Child Survival Call to Action. Hundreds of leaders and global experts will meet to discuss mobilizing political leadership in preventing child deaths, achieving a global child mortality prevention strategy which incorporates proven best practices, and sustaining collective action and mutual accountability in ending preventable child deaths. Read more...

Corporate Buzz: GBCHealth Announces New MDG Health Alliance

By:  Smita Gaith, Women Deliver

The creation of the MDG Health Alliance was recently announced by GBC Health, a private sector nonprofit coalition that works to improve health around the world. The announcement took place at their two-day GBCHealth Conference, in May.

The Alliance is working in alignment with the Millennium Development Goals targeting maternal and child health.  According to the Alliance, there are 5 underlying initiatives, and they will work towards 7 main goals: 1) improve child health; 2) improve maternal health; 3) achieve near-zero malaria deaths; 4) achieve near-zero transmission of HIV from mother to child; 5) recruit, train, and equip one million community health workers; 6) save one million lives from TB-HIV co-infection; and 7) ensure universal access to reproductive health.  Read more...

New Global Report: 15 Million Babies Born Too Soon, Over 1 Million Die Each Year

Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth provides the first-ever national, regional and global estimates of preterm birth. The report shows the extent to which preterm birth is on the rise in most countries, and is now the second leading cause of death globally for children under five, after pneumonia.

Addressing preterm birth is now an urgent priority for reaching Millennium Development Goal 4, calling for the reduction of child deaths by two-thirds by 2015. This report shows that rapid change is possible and identifies priority actions for everyone. Read more...

Don’t Forget the Girls

By: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund; Originally posted on Huffington Post

As the father of four daughters and as the Executive Director for UNFPA, a leading UN agency working on maternal health, it warms my heart to see that safe motherhood and women's reproductive health are finally being recognized as important development issues.

Sadly, millions of women in developing countries still lack even the most basic care during pregnancy and too often have no one to assist during births. As a result, 1,000 women die every day from complications in pregnancy or childbirth, and countless others suffer debilitating injuries, such as obstetric fistula. Moreover, 215 million women still lack access to modern contraceptives and are, therefore, unable to make fundamental decisions about whether or when to become pregnant. Read more...

UN Launches Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children

NEW YORK, 23 March 2012 – UNICEF and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today launched a high-level commission to improve access to essential but overlooked health supplies that could save the lives of millions of women and children every year.

“Making sure that women and children have the medicines and other supplies they need is critical for our push to achieve the MDGs,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The Commission will tackle an overlooked but vital aspect of health systems, and ensure that women and children are protected from preventable causes of death and disease.” Read more...

DFID to Host Family Planning Summit

The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) has announced that this July, it will host a Family Planning summit with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners.  The event signals a major political commitment as well commitments by donors, corporations, and others to work towards meeting family planning needs, such as information, services, and supplies, for developing countries by 2020. Read more...

Corporate Buzz: Intel and UNFPA Increase Training and Technology to Improve Maternal Health

By: Smita Gaith, Communications and Program Intern

Intel.jpgIntel Corporation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have recently announced their partnership to increase skills and knowledge of health workers around the world. The joint endeavor is part of Intel’s efforts to maintain and build on its commitment to the United Nations’ Every Woman, Every Child initiative, which is focused on training 1 million community health workers by 2015. Read more...

Speakers of African Parliaments Adopt Resolution on Declaration of Commitment to MNCH

Johannesburg, South Africa, October 24 – African Speakers of Parliaments and Presidents of Senate have unanimously adopted a landmark resolution on a Declaration of Commitment to prioritize parliamentary support for increased policy and budget action on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in African countries. Read more...

2015+: Reclaiming A Seat At The Table

A Call for Engagement by the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Community

By: Alicia Ely Yamin is Director of the Program on the Health Rights of Women and Children at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. She served on the 2011 PMNCH Commitments Report advisory Panel.

2015+.JPGIt is understandable that the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) communities have generally maintained a critical distance from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) process, as MDG 5 represented a dramatic departure from the hard-won, holistic vision of reproductive health set out in the 1994 Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and reaffirmed in the subsequent Beijing Declaration. Read more...

UN Secretary General Progress Update on Every Woman Every Child

Private sector involvement in women’s and children’s health is crucial to saving 16 million lives, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praises ‘historic effort’ of private sector in Every Woman Every Child but warns that pace of implementation must be accelerated

New York, 20 September 2011 – The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the involvement of leading businesses in the global effort to tackle women’s and children’s health. During the Every Woman Every Child meeting attended by Heads of State, CEOs of the private sector and NGOs, and other UN and government officials, the Secretary-General announced progress in the effort to save women’s and children’s lives, and highlighted new and game-changing commitments made during the past year. Read more...

Analysing the Commitments to Advance the Global Strategy for Women’s & Children’s Health

PMNCH Report 2011 - Massive Push to Improve the Health of Women and Children: Tens of billions have been committed from both rich and poor countries

20 SEPTEMBER 2011 | GENEVA/NEW YORK - In only one year, more than 100 countries, foundations, multilateral organizations, the UN, the private sector, and academic and professional associations have made unprecedented financial and political commitments to greatly improve the health of women and children. Read more...

 

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