Saving the Lives of 16 Million January 2012
In Focus

Business and Innovation

It was in the 1980’s that Simon Berry first noticed the prevalence of soda drinks in remote communities in Zambia. He wondered how bottled cola drinks could reach these Colalife.jpgareas, but not life-saving medicines. Since then, his organization, Colalife has worked with the business community to harness existing distribution channels, bringing affordable anti-diarrhea kits to areas where as many as 20% of deaths among children under five are due to diarrhea. Simon’s story is just one example of how the business community has a key role to play in advancing women’s and children’s health.

This month, global leaders will gather at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland under the theme “The Great Transformation – Shaping New Models”, to share insights and innovations which address global challenges, including those related to women’s and children’s health. Every Woman Every Child will be highlighted at a private sector brainstorming luncheon on creating a better world for women and girls co-hosted by The Elders. The Global Fund, one of the first innovative financing mechanisms for health, will celebrate its ten year anniversary event, co-hosted by the UN Secretary-General and Bill Gates, in Davos on the 26th of January. Learn more about commitments to advance the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. Read more about innovation and the business community in the report "Innovating for Every Woman, Every Child".


In this Issue

Business and Innovation


Partner Spotlight: Safaricom



Calendar of Events


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

Innovation with Impact: Financing 21st Century Development

Delivering Solutions: Advancing Dialogue To Improve Maternal Health

Women at the Forefront of Climate Change: Gender Risks and Hopes

Essential Interventions, Commodities and Guidelines for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Equiframe: a framework for the analysis of the inclusion of human rights and vulnerable groups in health policies, Health and Human Rights Journal

Read More Publications and Resources »

Quote of the Month

"Governments have to set the stage for effective healthcare, to be sure. But the private sector and civil society can help deliver it...Soft drink manufacturers are helping to distribute clean water. Pharmaceutical companies are reducing the cost of medicines and vaccines and helping to make sure that health care reaches more people in the poorest communities. Cellular phone companies are increasingly helping put women in remote areas in touch with doctors and nurses to get the care they need."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, remarks at ASEAN Business Summit, 18 November 2011

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Highlighted partner tweets
@WomenDeliver: “Watch Robin Lim accept the CNN 2011 Hero of the Year award & learn how her org @BumiSehat is impacting MH in Indonesia.

@annegeddestweet: “Every small gesture makes a difference, even voting for 'Imagine Me and You' contest. Raising awareness! @ABC #amillionmoms @amillionmoms

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Calendar of Events

12-13 January 2012
Technical consultation for establishing a global network of academic and research institutions to support the Global Strategy

12 January 2012
UNA-USA Nationwide Conference Call on Every Woman Every Child

23-30 January 2012
African Union Summit “Boosting Intra-African Trade”

24-28 January 2012
Prince Mahidol Award Conference: Moving Towards Universal Health Coverage: Health Financing Matters

25-29 January 2012
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012: The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models

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2011 mHealth Summit — Did you know that roughly 80% of South African adults have access to mobile phones, with little gender disparity in phone ownership? Mobile health (mHealth) innovations have enormous and immediate potential to reach people, including vulnerable women and children, with crucial and often life-saving information and resources. At the 2011 mHealth Summit, the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Working Group and the mHealth Alliance announced eight recipients of catalytic grants for mHealth programs. The grants, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), are designed to identify and foster innovative uses of mobile technology to advance maternal and newborn health for communities in need. Learn more about the Summit and grant recipients.

AnneGeddes'Imagine Me & You" Contest Launch — World renowned photographer Anne Geddes kicked off her work in support of Every Woman Every Child with the "Imagine Me & You" contest in December. Working in collaboration
with the Million Moms Challenge, ABC News, the United Nations Foundation, and Disney Baby, Ms. Geddes offered the chance for a lucky mom and her newborn to win a photo session in her Sydney studio. Learn more about Million Moms Challenge.

Human Rights Day — Human Rights Day is recognized each year on December 10th to honor the work of human rights defenders worldwide who are working to end discrimination. The promotion of human rights, gender equality and poverty reduction is critical to the advancement of women’s and children’s health. Rights violations impede progress towards achieving the MDGs, drive up costs to families and the state, and violate the principles of development and human rights affirmed by international and regional human-rights treaties. View a conversation held on December 9th with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in honor of Human Rights Day 2011. Read a statement by Michelle Bachelet on the importance of human rights to women and girls.

Accountability Commission Follow-up — In November, the independent Expert Review Group (iERG) created to review global progress on implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, held its first meeting in Ottawa, Canada, during the "Delivering Results for Women and Children" Forum co-hosted by the Canadian International Development Agency and the World Health Organization. At the meeting the group identified six priority areas of work for the next year. Read a post with reflections from iERG Co-Chair Richard Horton. Read the official meeting report. View presentations that were delivered at the second stakeholder’s meeting.

Million Moms Challenge — Through the Million Moms Challenge, issues relating to women’s and children’s health were featured on ABC News broadcasts including “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” and “20/20.” Watch the landmark “20/20” prime-time special on MDGs 4 and 5, which was anchored by Diane Sawyer and viewed by over 3 million people.

Innovative Financing — The importance of innovative financing for development was showcased at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea, where world leaders agreed to “further develop innovative financial mechanisms to mobilize private finance for shared development goals.” Read “Busannovate,” a collaboration of Devex and the UN Foundation’s Pledge Guarantee for Health featuring some of the world’s best thinkers on innovative finance.

World AIDS Day — December 1st was World AIDS Day. Learn about two panel events organized by UNAIDS to commemorate the day. View a series of posts on the GlobalPulse blog examining discussions that took place around HIV/AIDS on December 1st. View the Every Woman Every Child December Newsletter, which put World AIDS Day “In Focus”. Learn more about the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Partner Spotlight

safaricom-logo.jpg January’s partner spotlight is on Safaricom, Kenya’s leading mobile provider with over 25 million mobile phone subscribers. Safaricom has committed to expand its public-private partnership with the Kenyan government to improve women’s and children’s health. In a country where there is approximately one doctor for every 10,000 patients, Safaricom is working to develop mobile health solutions to reach 1.5 million pregnant women with essential health information and resources. Learn more.

News and Opinion

January 2, 2012   Immunisation Push Propels India towards Victory in War Against Polio

December 19, 2011   Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Somaliland Reflects on 2011 Progress

December 14, 2011   2011 A “Remarkable and Extraordinary Year,” Says Secretary-General

December 12, 2011   Maternal Health Advocate Robin Lim Named CNN Hero Of The Year


December 9, 2011   Voice of America Editorial: Violence against Women Violates Human Rights

December 8, 2011   UN Population Fund Executive Director on Maternal Health, HIV/AIDS and Leadership in Forbes

December 5-6, 2011   Kenyan Parliamentarians meet in Nairobi to address women's and children's health

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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 movement 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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