Saving the Lives of 16 Million SPECIAL EDITION - SEPTEMBER 2012

Special Issue: Every Woman Every Child Progress and Highlights from 2012


Every Woman Every Child Progress and Highlights from 2012

In the two years since its launch, the Every Woman Every Child movement has seen remarkable progress. As of September 2012, over 250 partners, including 70 governments, have made commitments to advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

Progress is being made. Around the world, under-5 mortality, infant mortality and maternal mortality have been reduced. This month the UN Inter-Agency Group on Child Mortality Estimation reports that child mortality rates have fallen in all regions of the world in the last two decades - down by at least 50 per cent in Eastern Asia, Northern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South-eastern Asia and Western Asia. And progress is accelerating: between 2000 and 2011, the annual rate of reduction in the global under-five mortality rate jumped to 3.2 per cent, up from 1.8 per cent in 1990-2000. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS is significantly down. New HIV infections among children are also down. More people are sleeping under a bed net.

This remarkable progress needs to be sustained to achieve the health MDGs and reach our global target to prevent the deaths of 16 million women and children, and improve the lives of millions more by 2015.


Kami and the Secretary-General kick start the UNGA week with a commitment from Sesame Street to raise awareness about how children can stay healthy.


In this Issue

Special Issue: Every Woman Every Child and Highlights from 2012

2012 Highlights

Partner Spotlight: H4+

News and Opinion



Calendar of Events


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


Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed (UNICEF)

Building Institutions through Equitable Partnerships in Global Health

World Development Report 2012: Gender and Development (The World Bank)

Afghanistan: Monitoring the Situation of Women and Children


A model for Scale Up of Family Health Innovations in Low-Income and Middle-Income Settings: A Mixed Method Study

Listening to Women’s Voices: The Quality of Care of Women Experiencing Severe Maternal Morbidity in Accra, Ghana

Read More Publications and Resources »

Quote of the Month

"We are inspired by the power of Every Woman Every Child to galvanize action, and continue to believe that caring for the health of women and children is one of the best investments in a country’s development. Thailand’s commitment in support of Every Woman Every Child ensures that the country will continue to strengthen our response to women’s and children’s health by developing and implementing a range of national policies, including policies on national family planning and reproductive health services to reduce teenage pregnancy."

His Excellency Mr. Jakkrit Srivali of Thailand, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations, at a briefing of the UN missions on Every Woman Every Child, September 2012.

Calendar of Events

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2012 Highlights

A number of key advocacy moments and events served as catalysts for change in 2012, in support of Every Woman Every Child:

UN Launches Commission on Life-Saving Commodities — April saw the launch of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, which aims to increase access to life-saving medicines and health supplies for the world’s most vulnerable women and children.

Highlights from the Every Woman Every Child movement. 

Global Commitment on Preterm Birth  30 new and expanded commitments proposing actions for policy, programs and research by a wide range of partners towards the prevention and care of preterm birth were announced in May around the launch of the Born Too Soon global action report on preterm birth.

Global Effort to End Preventable Childhood Deaths — In June, over 80 governments and a multitude of partners from the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations gathered at the Child Survival Call to Action: A Promised Renewed to launch a sustained, global effort to save children’s lives.

Groundbreaking Summit Advocates for Family Planning — New commitments announced by more than 150 leaders from governments, civil society and the private sector in July at the London Family Planning Summit, will be used to ensure that an additional 120 million women and girls that need voluntary family planning services can access them in the world's poorest countries by 2020, in support of Every Woman Every Child.

Progress against HIV/AIDS – At the XIX International Aids Conference, global partners in the HIV field including policy makers, persons living with HIV, scientists and global leaders, reviewed their progress and pushed forward to sustain results for those living with HIV and the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

Honoring Our Joint Commitment to Accountability and Tracking Implementation — In September 2012 the independent Expert Review Group (iERG) will present UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon its first annual review of the results and resources related to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and on progress implementing the first nine recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability Commission. In addition, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health 2012 report will review the progress made towards implementing the commitments by all stakeholders to advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health

Partner Spotlight: H4+


Heads of UN health agencies, UN Secretary-General and Mrs. Ban visit Cama Hospital and the Sir J.J. Hospital—two leading health facilities in the Indian state of Maharashtra to learn about their progress on women's and children's health.

The H4+ aims to provide joint support to countries with the highest rates of maternal, newborn and child mortality, in order to accelerate progress in saving the lives and improving the health of women and children. The H4+ comprises the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Bank, members since 2008, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and UN Women, more recent members. Learn more.

News and Opinion

August 1

Scaling up community-based health insurance in Mali


August 2

SBY Plants Seed for Universal Health Care in Indonesia


August 2

4.5m Nigerians Enroll for National Health Insurance Scheme


August 3

Operating in Rural Tanzania “To Save a Life”


August 3

Using Cameroon’s Community Grapevine to Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission


August 3

The Stories Behind the Statistics: The Perils of (Adolescent) Pregnancy


August 5

UN urges Philippines to pass free contraceptives bill


August 7

Millions to Benefit From Family Planning Pledges (Opinion Editorial by Dr.Babatunde Osotimehin)


August 7

Maternal Health in the Mobile Age


August 8

Chhatisgarh set to become first state to offer health insurance cover for all


August 13

Ban: leadership of young women crucial to advance development worldwide


August 14

One Year Without Polio—Angola’s Success Story


August 15

Crowdsourcing reveals life-saving potential in global health research


August 16

The Quest for Universal Health Coverage: Achieving Social Protection for All in Mexico


August 16

Treating a Deadly Nuisance: On the Trail of the Simple Yet Elusive Solution to the World’s Second Largest Child-Killer


August 22

LiyaKebede: The 5 Most Powerful Women Changing The World in Maternal Health


August 22

Infosys Commits to End Child Diarrheal Deaths in India


August 23

Tonga: Gender equality and development is central to achieving MDGs


August 25

Africa innovations: 15 ideas helping to transform a continent


August 27

Stigma of HIV Is A Barrier to Prenatal Care


August 27

Young Kenyan Mothers Work Together to Improve Food Security and Nutrition


August 28

Time is Ripe for Breakthrough on Child Mortality, Says Senior Unicef Official


August 28

WHO: Guinea Worm Disease on Verge of Eradication


August 29

Scientists Identify New Weapon against Malaria


August 29

3 New Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa to Save Women’s and Newborn’s Lives



Maternal Health Commodities Blog Series


August 30

With Cholera Cases on the Increase Worldwide, UNICEF Develops a Cholera Toolkit


August 31

Women Spend 40 Billion Hours Collecting Water


September 3

Expanding Prepayment is Key to Universal Health Coverage


September 3

Reproductive Health and HIV Services in Africa


September 4

Pakistan Claims Progress in Tribal Polio Vaccination


September 4

Republic of Uganda and Merck Launch Cervical Cancer Vaccination Program


September 10

Panama Signs SM2015’s First Operation in the Country for the Direct Benefit of 18,000 People


September 10

The Sixth Edition of the Carlos Slim Awards in Health Is Announced


September 10

Why Mesoamerica Should Increase Its Investment in Supply Chains



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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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