Saving the Lives of 16 Million DECEMBER 2011
In Focus

World AIDS Day

AIDS is one of the leading causes of death among women of reproductive age, resulting in 850,000 deaths annually, and a major killer of children, with 260,000 dead from AIDS-related causes in 2010 alone. Women and children are disproportionately vulnerable to the epidemic. Improving women's and children's health is inextricably linked to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Nearly 40 of the 197 partners of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health made specific advocacy, policy and service delivery commitments related to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Learn more about these commitments, and learn more about how the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS will help improve women’s and children’s health.

A health worker holds up a simple HIV test in Kenya. Photo by Andrew Topham via mothers2mothers International.


In this Issue

World AIDS Day
November Highlights
Partner Spotlight
Opinion and News
Calendar of Events


A monthly roundup of pertinent resources. Please submit your recent reports via email for consideration.

The Global Fund Strategy 2012-2016: Investing for Impact

UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report: How to get to zero: Faster. Smarter. Better.

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Quote of the Month

"Today, on this World AIDS Day, I call upon leaders, communities, parents, people living with HIV and young people to look forward and work towards a world with Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths."

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Press Release for December 1, 2011

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Calendar of Events

17 December 2011
International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers

18 December 2011
World Congress on Maternal and Neonatal Health

25 January 2012
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012

27 February 2012
9 March 2012

56th Commission on the Status of Women

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Highlights from November

World Pneumonia Day — November 12th was World Pneumonia Day. Our partners have committed to protect 120 million children from pneumonia over the next four years. Learn more »

The Secretary-General Visits Asia — On November 12th, the Secretary-General visited Bangladesh, Thailand and Indonesia, showcasing progress on women's and children's health. View a summary of the Secretary-General's trip, including daily updates, speeches and photos.

"Delivering Results for Women and Children" forum — The World Health Organization and the Government of Canada hosted the "Delivering Results for Women and Children" forum in Ottawa, ON Canada November 21-22. Read opening remarks delivered by Dr. Margaret Chan. The independent Expert Review Group (iERG) gathered in parallel to the meeting and identified six priority areas of work for the next year. Read the full update posted by Richard Horton.

Making Aid More Effective — Approximately 2,000 delegates met from November 29-December 2 to review global progress in improving the impact and effectiveness of aid, and make commitments that set a new agenda for development, at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea. Read the Secretary-General's remarks at the opening forum. Read the outcome document.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right, in yellow tie) speaks with a group of adolescent girls at the Mobarakpur Community Clinic in Kulaura Upazila, northeastern Bangladesh during his trip to Asia in November.

Partner Spotlight

(RED)(RED) has committed to driving corporate sector engagement in the fight for an AIDS Free Generation by 2015. (RED) currently supports Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants in six African countries: Ghana, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia. Learn more »

View government commitments to fight HIV/AIDS

News and Opinion

The Global Fund Adopts New Strategy to Save 10 Million Lives by 2016

The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has adopted a new strategy which aspires to save 10 million lives and prevent 140-180 million new infections from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria from 2012 to 2016.

New Commitments Announced in Bangladesh

Abdul Monem Limited, icddr,b, TeleConsult Group, The A. K. Khan Healthcare Trust, The Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and The Viyellatex Group announced new commitments to Every Woman Every Child. GAIN enhanced their commitment and BRAC elaborated on theirs.

The Secretary-General Delivers a Call-to-action at the ASEAN Business Summit

"When women and children die needlessly from disease, or complications which can be prevented, it is a tragedy."

The Secretary-General's Recent Trip to Asia Showcases In-country Progress and Leadership

Anita Sharma, Director of MDG Initiatives, points to signs of progress that were on display during the Secretary-General's recent trip to Asia.

Dr. Margaret Chan Opens "Delivering Results for Women and Children" Forum in Ottawa, Canada

"I find what has happened, in such a short time, extremely exciting and extremely promising as a model for better international health cooperation," said the Director-General of the World Health Organization.

Worldpress Puts a Spotlight on Childbirth in Developing Countries

"We are making progress and enhancing our collaboration at all levels," said Laura Laski, chief of UNFPA's sexual and reproductive health branch.

GAVI Takes First Steps to Introduce Vaccines Against Cervical Cancer and Rubella

“Investing in their health and their future is the best investment we can make,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said while addressing the GAVI Board.

Call for Nominations: Resolve Award Honoring Country-level Innovations in Reproductive Health

The application period for The Resolve Award for reproductive health is now open through January 15, 2012.

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Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015.  It is an unprecedented global effort that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world.

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