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  • OPINION: Stillbirth leaves millions suffering in silence – we must do more to prevent it and end the stigma
    on Nov 4 2020 at 09:29

    Susannah Hopkins Leisher, Chair of the International Stillbirth Alliance, a member of PMNCH We named our first child Wilder Daniel. He was stillborn 21 years ago, on July 13, 1999.

  • Adolescent health and well-being
    on Oct 8 2020 at 09:29

    Building the capacity of young people is critical to realizing the promise of the Sustaining Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Adolescents and young people are uniquely positioned to be effective advocates to hold their governments accountable for the delivery of promises, policies and programs that affect their lives. Now, more than any other time, young people have an opportunity to make sure every adolescent gets counted; and take action to advocate for adolescent health and well-being. PMNCH in collaboration with key partners, will host a series of webinars with youth-led organizations and other interested stakeholders, to share learnings and best practices around key areas identified by the Adolescent and Youth Constituency.

  • OPINION: In this time of COVID-19 a new consensus on how we should be working to improve adolescent well-being is long overdue
    on Oct 5 2020 at 09:29

    By Enes Efendioğlu and Souzana Humsi, Adolescents and Youth Constituency Board Members, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Every generation of adolescents grapples with the difficult transition from childhood into adult life: juggling social and academic pressures at school; coping with changing dynamics within family and friendship groups; experiencing the physical and mental transformation of puberty; and making crucial decisions about whether to pursue further education or embark on careers.

  • Online Accountability Breakfast event calls on governments to protect women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health during COVID-19 and beyond
    on Sep 29 2020 at 09:29

    Up to 2000 delegates from all over the world are expected to participate in a live event being held today alongside the UN General Assembly 2020, which will call on governments, donors, and other key actors in global development to demonstrate greater accountability for supporting and improving women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (WCAH) and rights during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. The Accountability Breakfast, which is being jointly hosted by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) and Every Woman Every Child (EWEC), is happening at a pivotal time. Poor and marginalized women, children and adolescents are among those worst affected by COVID-19’s indirect consequences, which can compound and exacerbate the many social and health inequalities they face in their daily lives. Yet, they are still excluded from making decisions that inform the design of programs meant to help and support them.

  • 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

    29 September 2020 ¦ Online More than 2,200 viewers from 110+ countries who registered, tuned into a four-hour live broadcast focused on greater accountability for women, children and adolescents [Watch recorded event], co-hosted by PMNCH with Every Woman Every Child and the White Ribbon Alliance.

  • 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.

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