World Health Day April 7
Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. This year’s theme is ageing and health. Ageing concerns each and every one of us – whether young or old, female or male, rich or poor – no matter where we live. Good health throughout life can help all people lead fuller and more productive lives. Older women are especially vulnerable when they are unable to access the care they need. Learn more.
Child under an insecticide-treated bed net. Photo via UNF/NothingButNets.
World Malaria Day April 25
April 25 is devoted to the fight against malaria, which afflicts as many as half a billion people and kills one child every 45 seconds. It’s been four years since UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set the goal of reaching near-zero malaria deaths by 2015. Since then, nets have been delivered to protect 700 million men, women and children in sub-Saharan Africa, where 90% of malaria deaths occur, and malaria deaths have declined by one third in less than a decade. Despite this remarkable progress, challenges remain. Long-term success will depend on continued support for life-saving malaria control interventions. Learn more about World Malaria Day 2012 here. Click here to watch a video on the history of malaria.
International Immunization Week April 21-27
Access to vaccines has grown significantly in the last decade, with vaccines now saving the lives of 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year. Yet, one in five children still lacks access to life-saving immunizations. In accordance with the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, including vaccines in a package of key, low-cost interventions could save the life of a child every 20 seconds. Learn about the GAVI Alliance’s introduction of 2 new vaccines to protect children in Ghana at an event on April 26th led by President John Atta Mills. View 40 commitments made by 38 partners on vaccines in support of the Global Strategy. Learn more about International Immunization Week here.
Updates from March
UN Launches Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children — Too often, affordable, effective medicines and health supplies do not reach the women and children who need them. On March 23, UNICEF and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, launched a high-level commission in support of Every Woman Every Child to improve access to essential but overlooked health commodities that could save the lives of millions of women and children every year. Read the press release, concept note, and list of commodities on the Commission’s new microsite, housed on everywomaneverychild.org. Watch video statements by Commission Co-Chairs President Goodluck Jonathan and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on why the Commission is important.
A boy in Cambodia waits to receive medicines at a public hospital. Photo via UNF/M. Fingleton.
Side Event at CSW Highlights Role of Accountability in Women's and Children's Health — On March 2, the Government of Canada, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and United Nations Foundation co-hosted a side event on enhancing accountability for women’s and children’s health. The event articulated the links between this year’s Commission on the Status of Women theme – the empowerment of rural women – and the goals of the Global Strategy. Read an event summary. View photos of the event on Flickr.
Conference Shines Spotlight on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Children — Held exactly six months after the UN High-level Meeting on NCDs, the NCD Child Conference reviewed the Political Declaration and called for increased efforts to protect children and adolescents from non-communicable diseases. An overview of the Conference can be found here. Follow @NCDChild on twitter for updates and information on post-conference reports and outcomes. Learn more about NCDs and Every Woman Every Child.
White Ribbon Alliance Tanzania Celebrates White Ribbon Day — Accountability has gained great traction at the national level in Tanzania following the Government’s ambitious commitment to advance the Global Strategy and President Kikwete’s global leadership role as co-chair of the Commission on Information and Accountability. On March 15, White Ribbon Alliance Tanzania celebrated National White Ribbon Day by raising awareness of this commitment and urging stakeholders - including the Prime Minister, Parliamentarians, health workers and communities - to play their part in holding the Government to account. Learn more.
UN Secretary-General Reports Broad Progress on MDGs; More Work to Be Done to Reach Global Targets by 2015 — In remarks on March 8, the Secretary-General reported major achievements, including a reduction in the number of people living in extreme poverty, and a reduction by half of people living without sustainable access to safe drinking water. But he also emphasized that big challenges remain. Read his remarks.
Every Woman Every Child and Partners Recognized in Women Deliver 50 — Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization, has announced the “Women Deliver 50,” a compilation of the 50 most inspiring ideas and solutions that are delivering for girls and women across the globe. Every Woman Every Child and partners including the GAVI Alliance, the Elders, the UN Foundation, UNFPA, FHI 360, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are honored to be among the winning selections. View the entire Women Deliver 50 list at www.womendeliver.org
Women Deliver Holds Regional Consultation in Uganda Around Inter-Parliamentary Union — Over 100 stakeholders from all over the world met in Kampala on March 27-28 to discuss successes, lessons learned and pathways for future progress on maternal and reproductive health. Dhaka, Bangladesh will be the site of the next regional consultation in May, followed by Mexico City, Mexico in June. For more information click here.