Saving the Lives of 16 Million FEBRUARY 2013

World Cancer Day and the Child Survival Call to Action Summit


World Cancer Day and the Child Survival Call to Action Summit

World Cancer Day, February 4

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in low- and middle-income countries, killing hundreds of thousands of women a year. Yet it can be prevented by vaccination, screening and early treatment. On Monday, World Cancer Day, the global community was called upon to do more in the fight against cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Nearly 40 Every Woman Every Child partners have focused their commitments on NCDs including cancer, pledging to make crucial interventions in the areas of disease prevention, treatment, and care; policy development; and health system strengthening. These include the GAVI Alliance, which marked World Cancer Day with the announcement that more than 180,000 girls in eight developing countries are set to receive human papillomavirus vaccines to protect against the leading cause of cervical cancer. By 2020, more than 30 million girls are expected to have been vaccinated in over 40 countries, in support of the "action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013-2020” as well as the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

Child Survival Call to Action Summit, February 7-9

For the first time in history, we have the available knowledge and technologies to reach the worlds most marginalized children with life-saving interventions. Now is a time for action, to deliver on our long-standing commitment to end preventable child deaths. By working together with renewed determination, we can accelerate declines in child and maternal mortality, enabling more countries to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 by 2015 and sustaining such momentum well into the future.

The Child Survival Call to Action Summit in India is a follow-up to the commitment made at the Global Summit and represents the incredible and continued commitment to child survival and development in India and around the world. The 3-day Summit, organized by the government of India, USAID, and UNICEF, will set the stage to galvanize more support and move towards collective solutions and action, with vital support from multiple sectors including civil society. Learn more.

The Call to Action Summit kicks off with a press conference in Delhi, in the presence of the Additional Secretary of Health Ms. Gita Rao Gupta, UNICEFs Rep Louis-Georges Arsenault and USAID Mission Director William Hammink.



In this Issue

World Cancer Day and the Child Survival Call to Action Summit

Updates from January

Partner Spotlight: 8 Country Partners

News and Opinion



Calendar of Events


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

Global Campaign for the Health Millennium Development Goals: Report 2013

Study: Educating Women Key to Sustainable Farming in Africa

Save the Children: Ending Poverty in Our Gneration

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Quote of the Month

"From Sesame Street to GE Africa … from Unilever to Teck Resources … from technology giants like Infosys to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts...In many countries, different sectors and industries have pooled resources and expertise to create ingenious sustainable solutions to the most pressing local challenges. Working together, these partners are reducing the cost of much-needed treatments and life-saving medical products, and increasing the accessibility of essential healthcare and medicines. Every Woman Every Child was established as a platform to do just that.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, during remarks at the World Economic Forum Every Women Every Child reception, Davos,, Switzerland, January 25 2013.

Calendar of Events

February 7-9
Child Survival Call to Action Summit

February 9
Annual Conference of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

February 25
Mobile World Congress

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Updates from January

 Every Woman Every Child at the 2013 World Economic Forum — World leaders, including from the business community, gathered last week in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. At this Forum, leaders reaffirmed their commitment to making a better world possible for women and girls through dynamic, catalytic innovation and partnerships, cornerstones of the Every Woman Every Child movement. The January 25 Every Woman Every Child reception was hosted by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, United Nations Foundation, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the Innovation Working Group. View commitments from the private sector on the Every Woman Every Child website.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Laureate Kofi Annan embrace at the World Economic Forum Every Woman Every Child reception on January 25 in Davos, Switzerland.

Yearly Progress Report Launched in Oslo, Norway Last week, government leaders, health experts and private sector pioneers came together at a high-level meeting in Norway to examine health and development in the context of the MDGs, and to launch a yearly progress report on Norway’s Global MDG Campaign. Hosted by Norway, the conference closed with a discussion between its Prime Minister, the Honorable Jens Stoltenberg and philanthropist Bill Gates. Learn more about the conference and report.

African Heads of State, Government, to Speed up Reduction of Maternal Death Heads of State and Government met during the African Union Summit and made new commitments to speed-up the reduction of maternal death and disability on the African continent. The commitments followed a high-level event they attended a day earlier, on reinforcing the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). The event was organized by the African Union Commission, with the help of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Learn more.

Exemplary Leadership Recognized in the Fight against Malaria — In Liberia last week, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was recognized for exemplary leadership in the fight against malaria along with 13 African leaders who received the 3rd African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Award. The award was presented on behalf of ALMA by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the Chairperson of the AU Commission Nkosana Dlamini Zuma. The selection of countries for the awards was based upon data in the ALMA Scorecard for Accountability and Action and country quarterly reports. Other countries that received the ALMA Award for Excellence in the Policy category alongside Liberia were Guinea, Cameroon, Mozambique, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Learn more. 

UN Secretary-General's remarks to the UN General Assembly emphasize five areas for collective action — On January 22, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the General Assembly and members of the media on priorities for 2013, announcing a special event on the MDGs in September to “assess progress and discuss the contours of an ambitious, practical and coherent post-2015 development framework" and pledging to “continue to explore" where to apply the unprecedented partnership model exemplified by the Every Woman Every Child movement. Read the full text of his remarks.

Submit evidence and case studies to the iERG — The independent Expert Review Group (iERG) is inviting all stakeholders to submit evidence for the second iERG report that will be presented to the UN Secretary-General in September, 2013. Accepted submissions will be included in the 2013 iERG report, with partner attribution. Click here to learn more about the iERG Call for Evidence 2013. Click here to learn more about the iERG Call for Case Studies 2013. The deadline is May 15, 2013.

Partner Spotlight: 8 Country Partners Reaching Girls with Pioneering Vaccine Programs


Photo via The International Finance Facility for Immunisation.

In an announcement made on World Cancer Day, Ghana, Kenya, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone and Tanzania will become the first countries to start HPV vaccine demonstration programs with support from the GAVI Alliance. Seven of the eight countries will begin introducing HPV vaccines this year targeting girls aged 9 to 13, mainly through schools but also community health programmes to reach girls who do not go to school. Ghana, Kenya and Sierra Leone are likely to be the first to begin administering HPV vaccinations in early 2013 with Tanzania planning to start next year. View all commitments including country commitments.

News and Opinion


January 2

National mHealth service launched in Bangladesh (Asia Pacific)

January 3

The Final Battle Against Polio? (Asia Pacific/Global)


January 4

Cooking up clean air in Africa: Reducing air pollution and meningitis risk in Ghana (Africa)


January 7

Nigerians appreciate Norway polio funding (Africa)


January 14

Celebrate Solutions: “Foot Soldiers of Change” Bring Healthcare to Rural Women (Global)


January 23

Reducing Infant Mortality through Mobile Messaging Services (Global)


January 24

STOP Polio: Coming Together to End Polio Once and For All (Global)

Yes We Can, And This Is Why We Do It Every Day (Global) Authored by Karen Beattie, Director of Fistula Care and Associate Vice President of Strategy and Impact, EngenderHealth
AP Interview: UN population chief wants better family planning access (Global)

January 30
Mozambican Wins Vaccine Innovation Award (Africa)

February 1
Rwanda: Ministry Looks to Eradicate Malaria (Africa)
Melinda Gates: Women Speak on Building a Vision for Women and Girls by 2030 (Global)

February 4
High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Agenda Meets with Civil Society in Liberia (Africa)


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