Saving the Lives of 16 Million JANUARY 2013

Reflections on 2012; Health Meetings and Conferences Around the Globe in January 2013


Reflections on 2012; Health Meetings and Conferences Around the Globe in January 2013

Reflections on 2012

Thanks to all Every Woman Every Child global partners and their efforts, 2012 saw remarkable progress in women's and children's health around the world. UN Women has put together an interactive timeline that provides a snapshot of some of the gender equality achievements in 2012, from gender milestones at the Olympics to women Parliamentarians breaking new ground in countries all over the world. UHC Forward, which consolidates information on universal health coverage from hundreds of sources into a one-stop portal, has catalogued its global health milestones of 2012. And PSI has crowdsourced its list of the top 10 mile­stones in global health in 2012, published here in its signature magazine Impact.

Global Maternal Health Conference, January 15-17

The Global Maternal Health Conference (GMHC) of 2013 is a technical conference for scientists, researchers, and policy-makers to network, share knowledge, and build on progress toward eradicating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity by improving quality of care. The conference is co-sponsored by Management and Development for Health, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health. GMHC 2013 will be held at the Arusha International Conference Center in Tanzania, January 15-17. Learn more.

20th African Union Summit, January 21-28

The 2013 Summit of the African Union (AU) will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from January 21 to 28. The theme of the Summit will be “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance”. H.E. Dr. Nkoszana Dlamini-Zuma will preside as the newly elected and first female Chairperson of the AU Commission. Ahead of the Summit, African health ministers will come together on child survival at a meeting hosted by the Government of Ethiopia. During the Summit, the AU Commission, Africa Development Bank, UNFPA and other partners are organizing a Special Event on The Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) and its progress in advancing women’s and children’s health in Africa. The AU Member States will also share good practices and opportunities to further advance maternal health and reduce maternal and child mortality in Africa. There will also be a dialogue session held during the Summit by the YWCA in partnership with UN Women, UNFPA, IPPF, ActionAid, AIDS in Action and others, which will bring 40 young women to present an intergenerational perspective to the meeting as well as highlight issues of health and violence against women. Learn more.

Dr. Dlamini-Zuma is the first female Chair of the AU Commission.

Meeting and Global Health Report Launch, January 22

On January 22 there will be a meeting held in Oslo, Norway. There will be three thematic sessions held on the new Global Burden of Disease Study 2010-2020; the post-2015 agenda for global health; and commodities supply and distribution (how to get more health for the money). Also taking place at the meeting is a launch of the 2013 report of the Global Campaign for the Health MDGs, titled “Accelerating Progress: Saving Women’s and Children’s Lives in the Coming Decade” and a roundtable with global leaders including Bill Gates and Prime Minister Stoltenberg.    

Davos, January 21-28

This month, global leaders will gather at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland under the theme “Resilient Dynamism”, to share insights and innovations which address global challenges, including those related to women’s and children’s health. A reception will be held on January 25 in support of Every Woman Every Child on the private sector’s role in shaping the global health landscape. The reception will be hosted by the Innovation Working Group; the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation; The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health; and The United Nations Foundation.

Click here to learn more about commitments from the private sector to advance the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. Read more about innovation and the business community in the report "Innovating for Every Woman, Every Child". Read the full report of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children.


In this Issue

Reflections on 2012; Health Meetings and Conferences Around the Globe in January 2013

Updates from December

Partner Spotlight: African Public Health Alliance (APHA)

News and Opinion



Calendar of Events


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

World Malaria Report 2012 (WHO)

Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (Published December 13, 2012 in The Lancet)

Read More Publications and Resources »

Quote of the Month

"Any new health-related goals will need to be positioned in the broader context of world conditions, including the need to use finite resources in sustainable ways...I regard universal health coverage as the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer. It is inclusive. It unifies services and delivers them in a comprehensive and integrated way, based on primary health care.”

Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, during opening remarks at an informal Member State consultation on health in the post-2015 development agenda Geneva, Switzerland, December 14 2012.

Calendar of Events

January 15-17
Global Maternal Health Conference 2013

January 21-28
20th African Union Heads of State Summit

January 23
The World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting (“Davos”)

January 23 (Oslo, Norway) and January 25 (Davos, Switzerland)
Launch of 2013 Global Health Campaign Report

January 29-30
High-level meeting on accelerating progress towards achieving MDGs 4 and 5 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Updates from December

 UN approves universal health coverage resolution — After two months of negotiations among UN Member States in New York, the United Nations General Assembly last month approved a resolution on Universal Health Coverage with the goal of ensuring access to essential services and reducing poverty. The resolution, approved on December 12th, is a decisive step in the fight against health inequality and the drive to improve people’s health outcomes, including those of women and children. View the full text of the resolution. Read a blog post by Action for Global Health's Annick Jeantet applauding the UN Resolution on Universal Health Coverage.

UN Women’s COMMIT Initiative builds momentum to end violence against women — Since it was launched by UN Women on the occasion of the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, twelve countries have announced concrete new anti-violence initiatives in support of COMMIT. Countries from every region have pledged actions including improved services for survivors, national advocacy and educational campaigns, initiatives to address workplace harassment, National Action Plans and other innovative interventions, with more commitments expected in the future. Learn more.  

On World AIDS Day, UNAIDS announces RESULTS on HIV and AIDS The UNAIDS report released on World AIDS Day 2012 details significant reductions in AIDS-related deaths and in HIV incidence in countries such as Malawi and Botswana. More than half of this reduction is from decreased HIV infection among newborns. Six countries have shown a 40% drop in HIV infection among children. Learn more about the findings and read the full report. Click here to view photos and learn more about World AIDS Day in-country partner activities.

ICPD Global Youth Forum: Embracing the Voice of Young People — The ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Youth Forum took place in Bali, Indonesia from December 4-6. It represented a landmark moment for youth, and resulted in a robust and progressive outcome document. Forum participants identified health among five of the key youth-related issues alongside education, employment, youth rights and well-being, and civic participation. The Forum was mandated by the UN to review progress on the goals set out in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. Read the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon message of support to the conference, reinforcing the potential and passion of young people as, "the front line of the change around the world". Learn more.

Participants in the opening ceremony of the Global Youth Forum included (left to right) Mustafa Benalamlih, UN Resident Co-ordinator Indonesia; Rishita Nandigiri, GYF International Steering Committee co-Chair; Indonesian pop star Agnes Monica; UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin; Dr. Boediono, Vice President of Indonesia; and Rinaldi Ridwan, GYF International Steering Committee co-Chair. Photo via UNFPA.

 World Vision and Partners Inspire Global Week of Action for Child Health — In an effort to curb the number of children dying before their fifth birthday, World Vision brought people together from across the globe for its Global Week of Action for Child Health. The Global Week of Action reached over 48 million people with 2.55 million actions being taken by more than 2 million people from 82 countries. Learn more by visiting the Global Snapshot report

Partner Spotlight: African Public Health Alliance (APHA)

in-lgflag.gifThe Africa Public Health Alliance and 15%+ Campaign is a non-profit organization promoting health development and financing across Africa. Its scope of work covers a wide range of interlinked Public Health issues and it promotes the health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Learn more.

News and Opinion

Sub-Saharan Africa


December 3

Coalition calls for quality health care for Ghanaians

December 4

Kenya: Exclusive breastfeeding on the rise


December 7

Why Economic Empowerment is Key to Reducing Violence Against Women


December 10

African position on post-2015 development framework to take shape in Senegal


December 12

Central African Republic: UN envoy signs agreements on conflict-related sexual violence


December 18

World Vision says child death is threat to West Africa’s development

‘Solar sisters’ spreading light in Africa



Middle East & North Africa


December 5

Egypt’s Government Commits to Creating 750,000 New Jobs With Focus on Micro-Projects and Youth Employment


December 7

Pearl Initiative and UNICEF agree to jointly advance corporate responsibility and children’s rights

Amid conflict and displacement, Syrian children receive lifesaving vaccinations


December 9

Iraq launches first-ever national education strategy



Asia Pacific


December 5

Save the Children Launches Emergency Response as Typhoon Bopha Batters the Philippines


December 10

UN, Pakistan Launch 'Malala Fund for Girls' Education'

December 13

Modest but significant improvements in child nutrition in North Korea



November 29

Young People in Bosnia Drive Economic and Social Development




November 29

Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Can Be Eliminated


December 1

A manifesto for the world we want


December 4

Nokia Joins UNFPA to Support Safe Births in Emergencies

HIV and health rights in the context of universal health coverage—UNDP in Thailand


December 5

10 Takeaways from Beijing: Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Up for Debate: The Global AIDS Response Must Have a Woman’s Shape \

Fighting human trafficking: 5 lessons from the field


December 7

GAVI to roll out HPV vaccines in 2013

Giving Youth a real voice in development

Content, partnerships now trump technology in global mHealth


December 10

UNAIDS calls for zero discrimination and ensuring rights to health, dignity and security on Human Rights Day


December 11

Turning Education Into Employment

Women out loud: How women living with HIV will help the world end AIDS


December 12

Can New UN Resolution Help Countries Move Towards Universal Health Coverage?


December 13

GAVI Alliance presents awards for increasing immunization access

At policy discussion, UN official highlights need for more effort to achieve gender equity


December 17

Disease Report Adds New Urgency to Clean Cookstove Campaign


December 18

Recapping the mHealth Summit 2012

GAVI plans rotavirus vaccine introduction in 40 countries by 2015



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