Saving the Lives of 16 Million DECEMBER 2012

World AIDS Day and Human Rights Day


World AIDS Day and Human Rights Day

World AIDS Day December 1 

AIDS is one of the leading causes of death among women of reproductive age. Half of all 34 million people living with HIV are women, and over 300,000 are children. Maternal and child health services provide a crucial entry point for HIV prevention, treatment, and care.

While women and children are disproportionately vulnerable to the epidemic, there are encouraging signs of progress. UNAIDS World Aids Day report 2012 shows a more than 50% reduction in the rate of new HIV infections across 25 low- and middle-income countries––more than half in Africa, the region most affected by HIV. Between 2009 and 2011, the number of children infected with HIV dropped by 24%. And a number of exciting new innovations promise more agency and protection for women and children.

This World AIDS Day, partners are furthering their work to improve results for AIDS prevention and treatment and to advance the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive. Read statements by world leaders on the occassion of World AIDS Day 2012. Nearly 40 of the 197 partners of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health made specific advocacy, policy and service delivery commitments related to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Learn more about these commitments, and about how the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS will help improve women’s and children’s health.

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Michel Sidibé (centre), Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on AIDS and HIV (UNAIDS), with Bernhard Schwartländer (left), Director for Evidence, Strategy and Results at UNAIDS, and Annemarie Hou (right), UNAIDS’ Director of Communications, holds up the organization’s new Results Report on HIV, launched during a press conference held in advance of World AIDS Day in Geneva, Switzerland.

Human Rights Day December 10

The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health builds on existing human rights commitments made by countries and partners. December 10th is the anniversary of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Partners in the Every Woman Every Child movement recognize that investing in the health of women and children is not only the right thing to do, but that it also helps women and children realize their fundamental human rights. Learn more about their work and about ways to ensure human rights can be better addressed in your commitment(s): 

Find out about the Convention of the Rights of the Child and how to get involved;
Remember Resolution 11/8 of the 11th Session of the Human Rights Council that recognized maternal mortality as a human right concern;
Keep up to date with the work of the UN special rapporteur on the right to health;
Don’t miss the 2012 UNFPA State of the World Population report which calls for the understanding of family planning as a human right for all;
Learn about the Children’s Rights and Business Principles by Save the Children, the UN Global Compact and UNICEF; and the Women Empowerment Principles by the UN Global Compact and UN Women. Both documents offer guidance to businesses on how to protect and ensure children’s and women’s rights in the work place and the communities in which they operate.

Click to view additional commitments dealing with women's and children's human rights, including those that address early marriage, access to free health care for pregnant women and children.


In this Issue

World AIDS Day and Human Rights Day

Updates from November

Partner Spotlight: Countdown to Zero

News and Opinion



Calendar of Events

Quote of the Month

"I am often asked whether ending violence against women is possible given the pervasiveness and persistence of these crimes. My answer is yes. It is possible. But we can only do it together. We are all responsible and it is time for leaders to fulfill the promises made to women.”

Michelle Bachelet,Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, in the Huffington Post.


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

UNFPA State of the World Population 2012: " By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development"

Generation 2025 and beyond: The critical importance of understanding demographic trends for children of the 21st century (UNICEF)

World AIDS Day Report 2012 (UNAIDS)

New England Journal of Medicine: " A Phase 3 Trial of RTS,S/AS01 Malaria vaccine in African Infants"

The Lancet: "Preventing preterm births: analysis of trends and potential reductions with interventions in 39 countries with very high human development index"

IMS Institute for Healthcare "Advancing the responsible use of medicines: Applying levers for change"

MSF Out of the Dark: Meeting the Needs of Children With TB

ACTION: "Children and Tuberculosis: From Neglect to Action"

Roll Back Malaria
"Progress and Impact Series: Number 9
Defeating malaria in Asia, the Pacific, Americas, Middle East and Europe

"Changing Mindsets: Strategy on Health Policy and Systems Research" (WHO)

Options for Action: "Strategy on Health Policy and Systems Research" (WHO)

Read More Publications and Resources »

Calendar of Events

December 1
World AIDS Day

December 4
ICPD Beyond 2015 Global Youth Forum

December 4
PMNCH Donors &Foundations Constituency Meeting

December 10
Human Rights Day

December 15
Doctors with Africa Cuamm: Mothers and Children First Conference

View full calendar »


Updates from November

Partners meet to review progress and agree on a strategy to advance the Global Strategy in 2013 —From November 19-20th, representatives from national governments, the UN, civil society and the private sector gathered in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss how to accelerate accountability and harmonization of efforts in support of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health (CoIA). View the meeting agenda, participant list, group presentations, and more on the Accountability site of the World Health Organization.

UN Secretary-General joins UN Women and partners in call for action to end violence against women —In a statement marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called upon “all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world”. This appeal reinforces the recent launch of UN Women’s COMMIT initiative, which asks governments to make national commitments addressing the critical issue of violence against women and girls. Learn more.
Members of LittleBigSouls, an international NGO committed to reducing death and disability for pre-term babies born in Africa, show their purple in Nigeria for World Prematurity Day. 

Partners mark World Prematurity Day with action and new commitments  On November 16, partners from a multitude of sectors marked the second World Prematurity Day (WPD) in some 44 countries to bring the world’s attention to the tragedy of preterm birth, the leading cause of neonatal mortality and now the number two cause of child mortality globally. The WPD campaign has grown exponentially since the May 2012 first-ever release of the preterm statistical report, Born Too Soon. Country activities include national events organized by governmental organizations to parent group activities, marches and even clotheslines filled with babies’ socks. View commitments and additional details.

Manila Declaration highlights regional ambitions for women's and children's health —Ministers and officials from some 20 countries gathered in early November to discuss strategies and principles to accelerate progress for women's and children's health in the Asia-Pacific region. Hosted by the WPRO and convened by AusAID, the Asian Development Bank, WHO, UNICEF, and PMNCH, the meeting was the first event to bring together more than 150 participants from government, civil society, the UN and the private sector to share knowledge of regional strategies for investment, policy implementation and accountability, with a resulting outcome document - "The Manila Declaration" - which sets out concrete, measurable actions to enhance regional cooperation.

Partner join together to catalyze action for children on World Pneumonia Day  On November 12th, Every Woman Every Child joined forces with the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia to draw attention to the critical importance of reducing child pneumonia deaths for the achievement of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4. Read the full statement, and check out the Coalition’s resources to learn more about pneumonia facts, figures, and interventions].

Partner Spotlight: Countdown to Zero



Through powerful synergies, Countdown to Zero – the Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive – is making significant contributions to achieving the health-related and gender-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. Such synergies are all the more important in countries where HIV currently accounts for a significant proportion of all adult female and/or child mortality and the AIDS epidemic is impeding progress in reducing child mortality (MDG 4) and improving maternal health (MDG 5). Learn more.

News and Opinion



November 2012 Featured News Story

Grow and Know replicates Tanzanian success story and assists more countries in their plans to support the growth through puberty of their adolescent girls and boys

November 2

How do you tackle maternal mortality in Sierra Leone? Try asking a midwife


November 12

NHIS utilization increase is an achievement for Ghana—Dr. Edward Maham


November 13

Uganda planning to vaccinate 3 million children against pneumonia


November 14

African Union launches website on maternal, child mortality

New rule on vaccine to help fight meningitis in remotest Africa


November 15

3 Ways to Prevent Premature Birth in Africa

UNAMID raises awareness of women’s health issues in Central Darfur


November 17

Pushing Back Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa


November 19

Burundi and Sierra Leone: Access to emergency care significantly reduces maternal mortality


November 22

Sierra Leone: Slashing the maternal mortality rate in Bo


November 25

A matter of life and birth in Malawi

Learning to save lives in Uganda


Central Asia, South Asia & Asia Pacific


November 7

Despite Poverty Pacific Islands Score on Child Mortality


November 8

India Poised to Supply Free Drugs to 1.2 Billion People

November 10

Pakistan launches education plan for children with focus on girls


November 12

Government of Nepal to launch pilot program on universal health insurance in 5 districts


November 13

Prevention of water-borne diseases and support for malnourished children a priority for UNICEF in Rakhine State, Myanmar


November 15

Western Pacific on track to achieve key tuberculosis target


November 19

On World Toilet Day, Unilever launches Toilet Academy in Viet Nam to improve access to basic sanitation


Latin America & Caribbean


November 5

Mexico to improve its neonatal health services with a $350 million IDB loan

IDB loan set to improve health care for women and children in Bolivia




November 2

Developing countries unite for equitable access to vaccines

New Contraceptive Approaches Needed Now More Than Ever


November 7

Empower women to catalyse inclusive development

UN Trust Fund to give over $8 million in grants to help end violence against women


November 9

From Suffering to Solutions: Documentary Highlights Clean Cookstoves as Dramatic Health Solution for Global Women


November 13

Putting Theory into Practice: Africa-Asia Knowledge Sharing Session on health Insurance in


New Test Increases Diagnoses of Drug-Resistant RB and Shortens Time to Treatment


A Tool for Protection, Prevention and Exercising a Human Right


November 15

Three Critical Maternal Health Medicines


November 17

World Prematurity Day: Let’s Change the Face of Preterm Birth (Carole Presern, PMNCH)


November 19

A ‘New Goal’ for Sanitation


November 21

A New Milestone in Child Protection


November 26

UN committee calls for ban on female circumcision

Why Birth Control Is Still a Big Idea (Op-Ed by Melinda Gates)


See All News »

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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