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  • Conflict, climate crisis and COVID-19 pose great threats to the health of women and children
    on Sep 25 2020 at 09:29

    Fragile gains made to advance women and children’s health are threatened by conflict, the climate crisis and COVID-19, according to a new report from Every Woman Every Child. Protect the Progress: Rise, Refocus, Recover, 2020 highlights that since the Every Woman Every Child movement was launched 10 years ago, spearheaded by the United Nations Secretary-General, there has been remarkable progress in improving the health of the world’s women, children and adolescents. For example, under-five deaths reached an all-time recorded low in 2019, and more than 1 billion children were vaccinated over the past decade. Coverage of immunization, skilled birth attendant and access to safe drinking water reached over 80 per cent. Maternal deaths declined by 35 per cent since 2000, with the most significant declines occurring from 2010. An estimated 25 million child marriages were also prevented over the past decade.

  • Commitments to Every Woman Every Child’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030)
    on Sep 10 2020 at 04:20


  • Accountability Breakfast 2020: Advancing women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health during COVID-19
    on Sep 8 2020 at 04:20

    The Accountability Breakfast 2020, held on 29 September during the UN General Assembly, will focus on securing global accountability for protecting women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and rights during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Hosted by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), White Ribbon Alliance and Every Woman Every Child, the event will build on outcomes from the recent “Lives in the Balance” COVID-19 summit, and bring together a wide range of stakeholders from governments to grass-roots organizations, people with power to make changes and people calling for those changes to be made.

  • Driving meaningful adolescent and youth engagement in PMNCH and beyond
    on Aug 7 2020 at 04:20

    Over the past couple of months, young people have rallied on social media to share their experiences on discrimination, abuse, tokenism and uncompensated work towards young people in global health and development - many of them being members of the PMNCH Adolescents and Youth Constituency (AYC). PMNCH believes this is a critical moment in history to mobilize and act around all forms of discrimination (i.e. racism, ageism, sexism), including youth discrimination, tokenism and exploitation. In 2015, PMNCH created a constituency for Adolescents and Youth (AYC), providing an opportunity for young people to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their active participation and involvement in the implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health. The AYC1 is the only constituency representing a population segment within PMNCH, making it a unique and dynamic group.

  • Call for Expression of Interest in Advocacy Reference Group
    on Aug 7 2020 at 04:20

    PMNCH is leading a partnership effort to address the impact of COVID-19 on the health and rights of women, children and adolescents. A joint Call to Action aims to mobilize more than 1,000 PMNCH partners and to engage new constituencies in a campaign to advocate for continued access to essential and quality care for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and the need to invest in and strengthen primary healthcare systems. More information is here. We are forming an Advocacy Reference Group to serve as a sounding board and to facilitate the exchange of information and build supportive networks among partners engaged in advocacy and communication strategies for women's, children's and adolescents' health.

  • Case study: Civil society and multi-level health advocacy in the Global Financing Facility
    on Jul 17 2020 at 04:20

    Wemos and other members of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) civil society coordinating group, hosted by PMNCH, elaborate on how multilevel civil society advocacy seeks to influence the GFF at different levels. The case study highlights several aspects of the work done at national and global levels, including how: civil society organizations engage with each other through networks to enable mutual learning; undertake joint advocacy that reflects local experiences; and ensure space for civil society in the multi-level processes of the GFF. The study underlines the importance of having networks at multiple levels for sharing information, resources, diversity, capacity development, learning, and legitimacy through the representation of a broad group of constituencies. Furthermore, the case study analyses the challenges that come with this inclusive way of working, the areas where more support is needed for greater representation of Southern-based organizations, and the challenges on reaching alignment at global and local levels.

  • Data collection and greater accountability can help the world build back better after COVID-19
    on Jul 13 2020 at 04:20

    The COVID-19 pandemic could reverse decades of progress in women’s, children’s, and adolescent’s health—but it is possible to mitigate this slide with better data collection and accountability efforts, say world leaders who convened on Monday at the launch of the 2020 report of the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) for Every Woman Every Child (EWEC). The launch was a side event during the High-Level Political Forum, a core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The discussion—which included high-level participants such as H.E. Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa and Chairperson of the African Union, and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus, and Rt. Hon Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Board Chair of PMNCH (full list below)—centered around a new report launched by the IAP. This report distills lessons from a decade of EWEC and though work on the 2020 report began before the pandemic, its impacts, both real and projected, have been considered throughout. Follow links to the right to view a recording of the event).

  • Strengthening the capacities of parliamentary staff in sub-Saharan Africa
    on Jul 7 2020 at 04:20

    The Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the World Health Organization (WHO), Countdown to 2030, the African Population and Health Research Center, and Living Goods recently concluded a three-part webinar series aimed at strengthening the capacities of parliamentary staff in sub-Saharan Africa to support engagement with women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. The series aimed to:

  • A Statement from PMNCH
    on Jun 10 2020 at 04:20

    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 Jun 8 2020 at 11:38

    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.

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