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A Statement from the PMNCH Secretariat
on 10/06/2020 at 4:20 am
We, the Board and staff of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), are appalled by the violent death of George Floyd. His and so many other deaths and injustices are reminders of insidious and systemic racism that exists in all countries around the world. Discrimination and exclusion based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity and other grounds are often the underlying driver of inequities faced by women, children and adolescents, infringing on their rights and dignity and leading to vast disparities in health and well-being.
PMNCH 2019 Annual Report
on 08/06/2020 at 11:38 am
Publisher/Organizer: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Publication date: May 2020 Number of pages: 52 Language: En Achieving UHC involves investing in primary health care to tackle health inequities and deliver services at the community level. In so many places, women, children and adolescents are being left behind. A growing evidence base suggests that integrating maternal, newborn, child and adolescent services into primary health care – often delivered by community health workers – is a highly effective strategy to reduce maternal and newborn deaths.
Women leaders rise in the COVID response for every woman, child and adolescent
on 31/05/2020 at 4:20 am
Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand joined with H.E. Ms Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia to host a high-level roundtable event organized by Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) alongside PMNCH and Women Deliver. The event brought together women leaders from around the world bonded by an unwavering conviction that action to address the immediate and secondary threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s children’s and adolescents health must be taken to prevent a backslide on hard won gains.
PMNCH Call to Action on COVID-19
on 30/05/2020 at 4:20 am
The world is facing a global health pandemic without a clear end in sight. Covid-19 presents a massive shock to already struggling health systems globally and the world economy. Countries are grappling with how best to address mortality and morbidity due to the virus. At the same time, the pandemic is disrupting the provision of life-saving maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (MNCAH) services, contributing to the erosion of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and adolescents, and further exposing and exacerbating systematic and structural racial, ethnic and gender inequities everywhere. As the 1,000 partners of PMNCH, we are coming together to advocate urgent action to respond to the devastating effects of the pandemic on the health of women, children, and adolescents, as well as the societies and economies that support them. Our call to action can prevent the Covid-19 pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis, while forging stronger primary healthcare systems as a pathway to Universal Health Coverage and fostering a more equitable world. There is no time to lose.
Women leaders take action for women and children during COVID-19
on 28/05/2020 at 4:20 am
Women leaders from countries ranging from Estonia, New Zealand, Senegal and Costa Rica (full list below) convened to take action to protect some of the most vulnerable communities around the world in the context of COVID-19 and highlight the unique role of women and adolescents in responding to the pandemic. Meeting at a high-level roundtable event organized by Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) alongside The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and Women Deliver, the leaders agreed that the pandemic represents an unprecedented threat to the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents worldwide that must be addressed by targeted policy and resource allocation. “COVID-19 is not the great leveller, but rather the great amplifier of inequality. That gives us a clear duty to protect the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, and to address the root causes of inequality. We must act now – while the storm is raging – or be ashamed by the number of lives swept away on our watch,” said Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Board Chair of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, in an OpEd published ahead of the event, co-authored by H.E. Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia and Co-Chair of the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child; Jorge Alcocer Varela is Mexico's Secretary of Health; and Graca Machel the founder of the Graca Machel Trust.
Menstrual hygiene and health - a call for dignity, rights and empowerment
on 28/05/2020 at 4:20 am
Authors: Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair and former Prime Minister of New Zealand; and Mr. Elhadj As Sy, Chair of the Board of the Kofi Annan Foundation and Chair, Advisory Group of the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund/WSSCC First published in The Guardian We stand as advocates for addressing women’s issues. Because gender equity is so closely linked to health, we also see the achievement of universal health coverage - the need for which has only been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic - as a global priority. We therefore take the opportunity of Menstrual Hygiene Day – 28 May – to highlight an unacceptable crisis: girls’ and women’s health issues with regards to stigma, taboo and lack of knowledge about menstruation, and unmet needs for essential health interventions and access to sanitation and hygiene systems.
Online COVID-19 summit calls for global commitment to improvements and greater investments in healthcare and social protection for women, children and adolescents
on 27/05/2020 at 4:20 am
Post-pandemic health systems must be built back better, with a strong social protection net for all and improved healthcare for women, children and young people that takes full account of their self-articulated needs Delegates attending this week’s online Lives in the Balance: A COVID-19 Summit, will call on global leaders to commit to a seven-point policy plan for improving and increasing investment in health systems and social protection policies for women, children and adolescents as the world rebuilds in the wake of the pandemic.
Women and children will pay for this pandemic – unless we act
on 27/05/2020 at 4:20 am
By H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia; Rt Hon. Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; H.E. Jorge Alcocer Varela, Secretary of Health of Mexico; and Hon. Graça Machel, PMNCH former Board Chair and Founder of the Graça Machel Trust. First published on news.trust.org here: https://news.trust.org/item/20200526130612-rofbs Wherever COVID-19 strikes, it magnifies unfairness and inequality. In every nation and every community touched by the virus, hard-won progress for women, newborns and young people is being reversed.
Online: EWEC 2019 progress reporting questionnaire for non-State commitment makers
on 25/05/2020 at 4:20 am
PMNCH and Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) and Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Secretariats would like to invite all EWEC non-State commitment makers to provide progress updates on the Every Woman Every Child Commitments Platform portal by 5 June 2020. This 2020 Progress Questionnaire cycle will cover progress made from the period of September 2015 (or the start of the EWEC commitment) to the end of December 2019. All non-State commitment makers to EWEC and FP2020 with ongoing commitments are encouraged to report on the progress achieved via the EWEC 2019 Commitments Progress Questionnaire form.
Harnessing power of parliamentarians to improve health and well-being of women, children and adolescents
on 03/04/2020 at 4:20 am
7 April 2020 On this World Health Day, occurring in the midst of the greatest pandemic the world has seen since the 1918 influenza, we are reminded of the centrality of healthy people to the functioning of our societies. The current COVID-19 outbreak will have significant health and socio-economic consequences. Despite a dearth of gendered analyses on the current outbreak, global health actors are highlighting the vulnerabilities of women and girls linked to disruptions in the global supply of contraception, increased risk linked to their roles as caregivers, increased risks of violence, and mental health issues. Crises exacerbate inequalities and place women, girls and other vulnerable populations at risk. Today, we need to work together to continue to prioritize the health of women, children and adolescents.