Saving the Lives of 16 Million JULY 2012

In Focus: London Family Planning Summit and International AIDS Conference


London Family Planning Summit

Meeting the unmet need for family planning would avert 53 million unwanted pregnancies, 640,000 newborn deaths and 150,000 maternal deaths. The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health recognizes these facts and makes a strong case for reproductive health, including family planning, as an investment in the growth of economies as well as the health of entire families and communities. Over 85 global actors have come together to commit to promoting universal access to reproductive health services including family planning in support of the Global Strategy.

On July 11th the government of the United Kingdom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation together with the United Nations Populations Fund and partners will host a groundbreaking summit, in support of Every Woman Every Child, to commit the global community to ensure access to family planning for an additional 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries through lifesaving contraceptives, information, and services by 2020.

PMNCH, in collaboration with the Innovation Working Group (IWG) and the United Nations Foundation (UNF) will host a parallel session during the Summit in support of Every Woman Every Child. The session “Private Enterprise for Public Health – Creating Shared Value and Collective Impact” will highlight the role of the private sector with a special focus on reproductive health and family planning.

For more on the Family Planning Summit, visit the newly launched microsite, download the outcome document, or follow #FPsummit on Twitter.

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Mother with newborn child and midwife at a maternity hospital in Mongolia. Photo via UNFPA/Andrew Cullen.

International AIDS Conference

The International AIDS Conference (IAC) will take place July 22nd – 27th in Washington, D.C. The IAC is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learned, and collectively chart a course forward.

AIDS is one of the leading causes of death among women of reproductive age, resulting in 850,000 deaths annually, and is a major killer of children, with 260,000 deaths from AIDS-related causes in 2010 alone. But we are finally in a position to halt the epidemic. We know that the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, depends on the delivery of a comprehensive, integrated package of life-saving interventions. The Global Strategy calls for the integration of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services targeting women and children. Learn more about the nearly 40 partners who have focused their commitments on HIV/AIDS. Learn more about the IAC. 


In this Issue

Family Planning Summit and International AIDS Conference

Updates from June

Partner Spotlight: IPPF

News and Opinion



Calendar of Events


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

Lancet special issue on RMNCH:

>>Comment by Margaret Chan and Anthony Lake: "Towards ending preventable child deaths"
>>Full set of articles

2012 Countdown to 2015 Report Building a Future for Women and Children

A Decade of Change for Newborn Survival, Policy and Programmes (2000-2010): A Multi-Country Evaluation of Progress towards Scale

Journal Of Health, Population And Nutrition June Issue: Maternal Morbidity

Guttmacher Institute and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)—Adding It Up: Costs and Benefits of Contraceptive Services—Estimates for 2012

WHO Guidelines: Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems

Save the Children UK—Every Woman's Right: How Family Planning Saves Lives

Marie Stopes International’s Global Impact Report 2011: Delivering choice and rights for women: past, present and future

UNICEF—Pneumonia And Diarrhoea: Tackling The Deadliest Diseases For The World’s Poorest Children

Read More Publications and Resources »

Quote of the Month

"What I’m talking about is giving women the power to save their lives, to save their children’s lives, and to give their families the best possible future… one of the simplest and most transformative things we can do is to give everybody access to birth control methods. And I think, as long as we’re really clear about what our agenda is, there’s a global movement waiting to happen and ready to get behind this totally uncontroversial idea."

Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, during remarks at TedXChange Berlin in April 2012.

Calendar of Events

July 11
London Summit on Family Planning

July 11
London Summit on Family Planning Side Event:
Private Enterprise for Public Health – Creating Shared Value and Collective Impact

July 11
World Population Day 

July 19
 Advocacy Working Group Call        

July 19 - 22
The 16th World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics,Gynecology & Infertility

July 22 - 27
XIX International AIDS Conference

View full calendar »


Updates from June

Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development Offers Opportunity to Create “The Future We Want” —The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or “Rio+20”, took place June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Member states adopted an outcome document, entitled “The Future We Want,” which recognizes the important linkages between health and development and calls for a series of measures for a more equitable, cleaner, greener, and more prosperous world. The Member States' agreement also acknowledges the importance of universal health coverage and prevention and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases, with a focus on improving gender equity. For more, view the Rio outcome document and the section pertaining to health starting with paragraph 138; view a toolkit on Rio+20 on the Every Woman Every Child website; and read the opinion editorial by Michelle Bachelet, Margaret Chan, and Kandeh Yumkella "Sustaining Women".

Happy Mother
 Photo credit: AMREF

World Unites to Accelerate Progress in Ending Preventable Child Deaths  On June 14th - 15th in Washington, DC, the Governments of Ethiopia, India, and the United States together with UNICEF convened a high-level forum, in support of Every Woman Every Child, to launch a sustained, global effort to end preventable childhood deaths. Partners and stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, governments, and faith-based organizations gathered at the Child Survival Call to Action. Now with "A Promise Renewed," UNICEF and other United Nations agencies invite you to join them in working to sustain the momentum around this effort. Learn more, view videos, and read stories about child survival in the field.

Independent Expert Review Group at the 2012 World Health Assembly — The health of women and children was one of the most discussed topics at the World Health Assembly (WHA) this year. The WHA week was also marked by several important events for the independent Expert Review Group (iERG), a 7-member body created to monitor results and resources related to the Global Strategy and progress in implementing this Commission on Information and Accountability's recommendationson. On May 24, the iERG held its first open consultation with stakeholders, along with a media briefing and an iERG exhibit. Click here to learn more and read impressions of WHA and the iERG consultation by Dr. Richard Horton, Chair of the iERG.

G20 Country Leaders Pledge to Improve Health through Food Security —This month, leaders of the world's 20 largest economies pledged to support long-term responses to food insecurity and chronic malnutrition to ensure healthier futures for vulnerable populations.  G20 leaders recognized that malnutrition compromises human resources and impedes economic growth and development. Leaders therefore supported the Scaling Up Nutrition framework and launched the AgResults Initiative, aiming to improve food security for the most vulnerable through private sector innovation. Read the G20 Leaders’ Declaration. View more resources on the PMNCH website’s 2012 G20 Watch feature.

New Commitments Announced by Fashion Industry Leaders to Promote Sustainability and Women's Empowerment On June 28th, at a roundtable event organized by the Italian Mission to the United Nations and Fashion4Development, with Editor In Chief of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani, Fashion4Development Global Chair Evie Evangelou, MDG Advocate and the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers, and Assistant Secretary-General Robert Orr, leaders in the fashion industry announced new commitments to empower women and promote economic sustainability through fashion, in support of Every Woman Every Child. View the commitments by Fendi, Mercado Global, and Accessories Council. Read an interview with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the May/June issue of Vogue Italy.

Norwegian Government Hosts Conference to Promote Increased International Efforts on Women’s and Children’s Health —The conference “A World in Transition – Charting a New Path in Global Health” was held on June 1st in Oslo and marks the start of closer cooperation between the US and Norway in the area of women’s and children’s health. It also builds on Norway’s active engagement to promote women’s and children’s rights and health, including its efforts to accelerate progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. Learn more.

Partner Spotlight: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

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International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) commits through the HAND to HAND Campaign to contribute to meeting the needs of the 215 million women with unmet needs for contraception by increasing the number of new users of IPPF contraceptive services by at least 50% by 2015, and at least doubling the number of unintended pregnancies averted through the Campaign. By 2015 they aim to deliver 80% of services to the poorest, most marginalized and under-served women of the world. Learn more.

News and Opinion

July 6

South Africa: Clinic Shows How to Cut Maternal Deaths


June 29

Ford Foundation Launches Child Marriage Map and Partner Index


June 29

65 Finalists Advance in “Saving Lives at Birth” Challenge

June 28

CNN Hero Jackson Kaguri, Founder of the Nyaka AIDS Foundation, Helps AIDS Orphans in Uganda

June 22

Dr. Jamela Saleh Alraiby in the Huffington Post: “The Suffering of Girls Must Stop”


June 20

Anne Geddes in the Huffington Post: “Global Motherhood: Recognize Your Power to Make a Difference”


June 20

Ethiopia: Tragedy We Can Prevent

June 19

Zambia: Only I Remain


June 19

Creating a Healthier Future for Our Youth

June 19

Kenya: Losing a Life to Give Life


June 13

Country CSOs meet to discuss RMNCH advocacy and collaboration


June 12

Michelle Bachelet, Margaret Chan, and Kandeh Yumkella Opinion- Editorial in Project Syndicate: “Sustaining Women”


June 9

Cover story on Vogue Italy: Interview with the UN Secretary-General


June 8

Why India is Still One of the Most Dangerous Places to Give Birth

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