March Newsletter March 2012
In Focus

Women's Empowerment and World TB Day

March is an exciting time for women's and children's health. Women's empowermentIn the days leading up to International Women's Day on March 8, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). There they will discuss the global status of women and girls with a focus on empowering rural women. Empowerment and gender equality are central to the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, increasing reproductive choice and reducing child marriage, discrimination and gender-based violence. These connections will be reinforced on March 2, when the Government of Canada, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and the UN Foundation will host a side event on enhancing accountability for women's and children's health.


March 24th is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, and this year's focus is on the hidden epidemic of childhood TB. Reducing illness and deaths from TB is essential to improving women's and children's health and accelerating progress on each of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Over the next five years at least 3 million women and half a million children will die from TB, even though we have the tools to cure this disease. In many low- and middle-income countries women and children, as well as vulnerable groups, lack access to accurate diagnosis and high-quality treatment for TB. You can make a personalized call to stop TB in your lifetime here.



In this Issue


Women's Empowerment & World TB Day

Updates from February

Partner Spotlight: Women Deliver



Calendar of Events


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

Save the Children Report "A Life Free From Hunger: Tackling Child Malnutrition"

NCD Alliance Paper "A Focus on Children and Non-Communicable Diseases"

UNICEF Report "The State of the World's Children 2012"

Government of Norway White Paper "Global Health in Foreign and Development Policy"

WHO Technical Statement "Hormonal Contraception and HIV"

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Quote of the Month


"Every year tuberculosis causes millions of deaths among young people and adults worldwide. It makes poor people and poor countries poorer. By diagnosing tuberculosis quickly and getting people treated and back to productive lives, we can strengthen entire nations."

Dr. Jorge Sampaio, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Stop Tuberculosis

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Highlighted partner tweets:



@PMNCH: "Existing frameworks eg. UNSG Global Strategy for Women's & Children's Health offer pathways to results: #wiwchat"


@chefjoseandres: "To come up with a solution we need to start the convo. Join @savethechildren chat now on #hiddencrisis child nutrition."


Calendar of Events


Ongoing through March 8
56th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

March 2
CSW Side Event: Keeping Promises, Measuring Results

March 7
Pan African Parliament Meeting of the Women Caucus Bureau

March 8
International Women's Day

March 19 - 20
NCD Child Conference

March 22
World Water Day

March 24
5th Joint Conference of the African Union and UN ECA Ministers of Finance: Unleashing Africa's Potential

March 24
World TB Day

March 26
Africa Regional RMNCH Advocacy Strategy Meeting

March 27 - 28
Women Deliver Regional Consultation

March 31 - April 5
Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

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Updates from February

New Commitment: Fashion 4 Development Moves to Support Women's and Children's Health — Fashion 4 Development (F4D) announced its commitment to join the Every Woman Every Child movement on February 14. F4D is a global platform that works to advance the MDGs. Read the release. View the commitment.

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Franca Sozzani, Editor-in Chief of Vogue Italia, meets with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Tanzania Workshop Strengthens Accountability for Women and Children — From February 12-15, the Government of Tanzania hosted a multi-country workshop to develop country roadmaps that enhance results and accountability for women's and children's health. Organized by WHO with partners, more than 100 representatives from ministries and communities participated. Learn more.

Save the Children Exposes the Hidden Crisis of Malnutrition — On February 14, Save the Children (STC), in partnership with the Canadian and Zambian Permanent Missions to the UN and in support of Every Woman Every Child, launched a new global report: "A Life Free from Hunger: Tackling Child Malnutrition." As part of the launch, STC organized the first ever non-stop global tweetchat on child malnutrition (#hiddencrisis) featuring experts, ministers, academics, inventors, TV chefs, campaigners and moms. The chat
featured stakeholders from over a dozen countries and encompassed five languages. Learn more.

WHO and Partners Launch New Web Site on Accountability — On February 2, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a new web site on results, resources and oversight for women's and children's health. The site will track progress on implementing the Accountability Commission's recommendations and inform the international community about the work of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG). Visit the new site. Most recently, the iERG has issued a call for evidence of good practices and obstacles in women's and children's health, and opened registration for a stakeholder meeting to be held in Geneva in May.

Ann Starrs at UN Association of the USA Members' Day at the UN — Ann Starrs, President of Family Care International, joined a panel entitled "The Future We Want: Emerging Issues around Rio+20 and the Millennium Development Goals Beyond 2015" during the recent Members' Day Conference at the UN on February 10. There she discussed Every Woman Every Child, the Millennium Development Goals and the role of accountability in helping to ensure implementation. Read the remarks.

Partner Spotlight

Women Deliver logo  

Women Deliver has committed to work with 15,000 advocates around the world to ensure that the global spotlight stays fixed on keeping girls and women alive and healthy. In March in Uganda, Women Deliver will convene the first of three regional consultations aimed at addressing maternal health issues and to discuss the post-2015 process. Learn more.

News and Opinion

February 27   UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Launches Polio Eradication Drive in Angola


February 23   White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria Elects New Chair of Board of Directors

February 17   Asia-Pacific Makes Big Gains against Poverty, but Slow to Reduce Hunger, Child and Maternal Deaths

February 16   WHO Issues Statement on Hormonal Contraception and HIV

February 9   Today's Chicago Woman Part II: Using Social Media to Advance Women's and Children's Health


February 7   Today's Chicago Woman Part I: Advancing Health with Every Woman Every Child


February 2   WHO Executive Board Confirms its Support to the Commission on Information and Accountability


February 2   Winner of "Imagine Me & You" Contest Announced

February 1   Head of UNFPA Issues Statement: "Promoting the Global Strategy on Women's and Children's Health Was a Personal Priority for Me" [in 2011]


January 30   Intel and UNFPA to Boost Health Workers' Skills around the World

January 27   Teck and BASF partner to Reduce Zinc Deficiency through Micronutrient Food


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