Saving the Lives of 16 Million April 2013

World Health Assembly and Women Deliver 2013


World Health Assembly and Women Deliver 2013

World Health Assembly May 21-26 2013

Each year, delegates from WHO Member States come together to focus on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. This May, the Sixty-sixth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) is taking place in Geneva. A resolution from the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities was approved with wide-ranging support. The resolution promotes robust monitoring and evaluation on progress achieved towards the Commission recommendations at global and country-level by requiring the submission of an annual report by the WHO Director General to the World Health Assembly until 2015. Learn more on the Child Health Now website. Visit the Every Woman Every Child website and follow the #SupplyLife hashtag on Twitter for updates and resources on the WHA.

Women Deliver 2013 Conference, May 28-30 2013  

The third triennial Women Deliver global conference -- the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women -- will take place May 28-30, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As the United Nations Secretary-General said, Women Deliver “offers an opportunity to keep up the pressure and to affirm our plans for the period ahead.” More than 120 concurrent sessions, high-level plenaries, skills-building workshops, and ministerial and parliamentarian forums focused on building a better world for girls and women will take place. On Tuesday, May 28, from 11:30AM – 1:00PM a Presidential Session on Investing in Girls will be held in support of Every Woman Every Child. The panel will be moderated by Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, and will feature Maria Eitel, President and CEO, Nike Foundation; Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA; Reeta Roy, President and CEO, The MasterCard Foundation; and Dr. Nafis Sadik, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General. The session will be webcast along with other parts of the Conference program for those who cannot attend in person. On Wednesday, May 29, from 11:00AM - 1:00PM a Panel Session "Every Woman Every Child: From Commitments to Action" will take place in the Grand Ballroom.  This session will provide an update on the overall progress of the Every Woman Every Child effort, setting out how the various efforts related to Every Woman Every Child are working together across their areas of work. Panelists will also discuss key Every Woman Every Child priorities for 2013, including promoting the implementation of commitments and new areas of activity, as well as positioning women’s and children health and the Every Woman Every Child model within the post-2015 development framework. Every Woman Every Child will also share a booth at the conference focusing on the numerous partnerships and initiatives taking place under the Every Woman Every Child umbrella, and how they work together to accelerate the pace of progress. Visit the conference site often to find information on the program, media, partner events, exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, and more. Visit the Every Woman Every Child website and Twitter account for live conference updates, information, and a running "Every Woman Every Child Highlights" feature.

Woman and her child receive care in the DRC

A child receives a free medical consultation. 03 April 2013. Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo.    UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti



In this Issue

World Health Assembly and Women Deliver 2013

Updates from April

Partner Spotlight: World Health Organization

News and Opinion



Calendar of Events


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

State of the World’s Mothers 2013 (Save the Children)

Improving Child Nutrition: the achievable imperative for global progress (UNICEF)

Girls On The Move (Population Council)

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Quote of the Month

"Too many babies and children are dying from preventable causes...As a mom, I feel compelled to do something to empower other moms around the world. That's why I'm participating in the Global Mom Relay, in support of the Every Woman Every Child movement: I want to tell the world that women and children not only matter, but they need to be a priority.”

Jennifer Lopez in a video message for the Global Mom Relay, May 2013.

Calendar of Events

May 16-17
GBCHealth Annual Conference

May 19-27
African Union Summit

May 20-28
World Health Assembly

May 27
Global Forum on Cervical Cancer Prevention

May 27-31
African Development Bank Annual Meeting

May 28-30
Women Deliver 2013 Conference

View full calendar »


Updates from April

GAVI Alliance Announces New Vaccine Deal to Protect Millions of Girls in Developing Countries Against Vaccine Deal  —On May 9, GAVI announced that it will begin support for HPV vaccines in Kenya, to be followed by Ghana, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone and the United Republic of Tanzania. The announcement was made possible through GAVI’s innovative public-private partnership model, which was launched at the World Economic Forum in 2000, and is part of the implementation of GAVI's 2010 commitment in support of Every Woman Every Child. Learn more.

Mom+Social Highlights the Power of Social Media to Improve the Lives of Families and Communities Around the World — On May 8, Mom+Social took place at the 92nd Street Y in Tribeca, serving as both a lead in to Mother’s Day and the culminating event of the Global Mom Relay, a 63-day online conversation connecting moms and experts around the world, in support of Every Woman Every Child. Mom+Social was the first-ever conference bringing together mothers, experts, and leaders in the community to address some of the world’s biggest issues and was hosted by the United Nations Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, BabyCenter, The Huffington Post, 92nd Street Y, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Speakers included Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, Kathy Calvin, Sharon D’Agostino, Christy Turlington Burns, Sheryl WuDunn, Patty Mechael, Brandy, Jennifer and Lynda Lopez, Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Fortunata Kasege, and more. Learn more

Mrs Ban Soon-taek, wife of the U.N. Secretary General, and Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, are pictured at the Mom+Social event in New York, May 8, 2013. (INSIDER IMAGES/Stuart Ramson for UN Foundation) 

At Every Woman Every Child Taking Action Summit, UN Secretary-General and Other Leaders Affirm Power of Global and Local Action — On May 7, the JP Morgan Philanthropy Centre, the UN Foundation and the MDG Health Alliance hosted a Summit to deepen and connect the philanthropic interests of about 200 selected JP Morgan clientele with practical and substantive areas and programs of need within the global health community – particularly in the areas of reproductive health, maternal health, and neo-natal care. In addition to remarks from leaders such as Ray Chambers, Christy Turlington, and more, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke about his own commitment to improving women's and children's health, and emphasized the importance of the role that private sector leaders can play. "Every Woman Every a pioneering example of a new way of tackling common global challenges," he said. "I believe passionately in this effort because of all that I have seen around the world and in my own life." Read the full remarks. Learn more from UN News Centre and UN Radio.

Global Vaccine Summit Brings Vision and Commitment to Promote Children's Health through Access to Vaccines — From April 24-25, his Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in partnership with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, hosted a Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi to continue momentum in the Decade of Vaccines, a vision and commitment to reach all children with the vaccines they need. Read a transcript of the Secretary-General's video message to the Summit. Learn more.

Save the Children Launches 'State of the World’s Mothers' Report — Save the Children launched the 14th edition of its annual global report ‘State of the World’s Mothers' on May 7, 2013, entitled “Surviving the First Day”. The report includes the first-ever global analysis of newborn day-of-death data, which estimates that more than 1 million babies die on their birthday every year. In addition to new findings on newborn survival, the report also features the annual Save the Children’s Mothers’ Index. A launch event was held on May 7th at the United Nations in New York, attended by an audience of 90 persons including UN Missions and civil society partners. The report was also launched globally and reached over 1 billion people worldwide through extensive coverage in print, broadcast and internet media. Click here to view the “First Moments” video, Mother’s Index, Birthday Risk Index, infographics, and the report itself.

New UNICEF Nutrition Report: Stunting in Children Can Be Defeated — A new UNICEF report issued in April offers evidence that real progress is being made in the fight against stunted growth – the hidden face of poverty for 165 million children under the age of five. The report shows that accelerated progress is both possible and necessary. "Improving Child Nutrition: The achievable imperative for global progress" confirms that a key to success against stunting is focusing attention on pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life. View the full report and watch a video on stunting.

International Day of the Midwife Highlights Important Role Midwives Play in the Health of Mothers and Children  —  Midwives are a crucial component of improving women's and children's health worldwide. Many commitments focus on strengthening the midwivery workforce by providing training, support, resources, and services. View an infographic highlighting commitments in support of Every Woman Every Child compiled by ICS Integrare. 

Partner Spotlight: World Health Organization

in-lgflag.gifIn addition to its work as a lead technical partner for the Global Strategy as part of the H4+, the World Health Organization (WHO) is committed to reducing the health problems and lives lost as a result of preterm birth as well as unmet need for contraception. Specifically, the WHO has committed to work with Member States to strengthen the availability and quality of data on preterm births and will provide updated analyses of global preterm birth levels and trends every three to five years. It will also work to expand access to family planning in recognition of the fact that expanded use of modern contraceptive methods can prevent more than one third of maternal and one tenth of child deaths. Learn more.

News and Opinion


May 6

Mrs. Ban Soon-taek: Every Woman, Every Child (Opinion, Huffington Post)

May 8

Tanzania: UNFPA Urges Increased Funding to Family Planning

May 12

Rotavirus: India unveils cheap Rotavac diarrhoea vaccine


May 13

Can A Cell Phone Save a mom's Life?

May 14

New Research: Migration for Majority of Girls Leads to Greater Autonomy and Prosperity; Strong Safety Nets Needed


May 15

Heads of USAID, Global Fund, UN Foundation, & More Announce Innovative Partnership to Speed-up Delivery of Life-Saving Medicines to Developing World

Statistics show narrowing health gap between countries with best and worst health status

May 17

Why Delegates at the World Health Assembly Should Double Down on 13


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