Saving the Lives of 16 Million October 2013

Updates from October


Updates from October

International Day of the Girl Child

YOUTHActress and Because I am a Girl ambassador, Freida Pinto, joins Plan youth delegates to light up the Empire State Building in New York bright pink

The United Nations designated October 11th as International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights and highlight the unique challenges and solutions to realizing these rights.

This year was focused on “Innovating for Girls’ Education” without forgetting the fundamental importance of human, health, and sexual and reproductive health rights.

On this day, the Permanent Missions of Canada, Peru and Turkey to the United Nations, hosted “Girls Speak Out: Showcasing Girl Activists from Around the World.”

At this special event, The Girl Declaration was handed over to the United Nations, which serves as a call to action for the Post-2015 agenda to increase its emphasis on adolescent girls and realize their need to have “safe, age appropriate health and nutrition information and services… they need to make the healthy transition into adulthood.”

To learn more about International Day of the Girl Child click here.

To learn more about The Girl Declaration click here.

The Roadmap for Childhood TB: Towards Zero Deaths

The World Health Organization, UNICEF, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, USAID, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the Stop TB Partnership launched “The Roadmap for Childhood TB: Towards Zero Deaths” on Tuesday, October 1st. Drawing attention to the more than half a million children who fall ill with TB each year, the roadmap emphasizes the urgent need for public attention, prioritization, commitment and treatment funding for the disease. The Roadmap builds on the latest epidemiological knowledge to clearly outline 10 key actions to be taken at both the global and national level to address childhood TB. To learn more and read the full report click here.

Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day, Tuesday, October 15th, is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to clean their hands with soap. Every year, millions of children under the age of five lose their lives to diarrheal and respiratory diseases. The simple act of washing hands with soap can greatly reduce this risk. To learn more about the power of handwashing click here.

World Food Day

World Food Day, Wednesday, October 16th, marks the date of the founding of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. The aim of World Food Day is to heighten public awareness of the global food scarcity problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. This year’s theme is Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. To learn more about World Food Day click here.




In this Issue

International Day of the Girl

The Roadmap for Childhood TB: Towards Zero Deaths

Global Handwashing Day

World Food Day

Updates from September

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: TOMS


Calendar of Upcoming Events

November 3-8
International Women Leaders’ Conference

November 6-8
Global Fund 30th Board Meeting

November 10-13
The 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health



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

PMNCH Success Factors Study

Innovative Approaches to Maternal and Newborn Health: Compendium of Case Studies

Countdown to 2015 report

2013 PMNCH Report

2nd iERG report. Every Woman Every Child: Strengthening Equity and Dignity through

Norway/ PATH Health Innovations Feature

Innovation Working Group (IWG) and mHealth Alliance 2013 winners

H4+ Progress Report

New joint Report on equity in pathways towards Universal Health Coverage (Rockefeller Foundation, Save the Children, UNICEF and WHO)

Save the Children’s Getting to Zero Report)

World Vision's The Killer Gap: A Global Index Of Health Inequality For Children

How Effective Are Community Health Workers? Johns Hopkins

WaterAid, Everyone Everywhere

HLP report on 2015

Quote of the Month

“Among all those thousands who are being born now and who, in another era would have died, there are some who will not only live, but who will gladly bear on their shoulders responsibility for their fellow countrymen and women, as teachers, as businessmen and women, and also, ultimately, as leaders.”

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada




Updates from October

View a full summary of UNGA week Every Woman Every Child-related events here.

MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact On Monday, September 23rd “MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact,” a day-long event, took place at UN Headquarters. The gathering provided an opportunity to highlight some of the UN Secretary-General’s multistakeholder initiatives including Every Woman Every Child. A total of $2.5 billion in commitments was mobilized to advance the MDGs.

To read more about the event click here.

Accountability for Results: Keeping Our Promises to Women and Children — September 22nd marked the second annual accountability breakfast organized by Countdown to 2015, the independent Expert Review Group, and PMNCH. Reports presented at the brunch included the second report from the independent Expert Review Group (iERG); the 2013 PMNCH report on commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health; and two new reports from Countdown to 2015- -one on maternal health in Bangladesh and one on projections of newborn and child survival through 2035. To learn more about the event click here.


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s welcome address at the Opening Session of “MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact.”

3rd Annual Every Woman Every Child Private Sector Luncheon At this year’s Every Woman Every Child Private Sector Lunch, on Tuesday, September 24th, new commitments were made and progress towards the shared goal of improving the lives of women and children were discussed. Hosted at JP Morgan Headquarters in New York and co-chaired by Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, and Ray Chambers, Special Envoy for the Financing of the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria, the luncheon facilitated nearly 100 leaders from the business, philanthropic and NGO communities coming together to reaffirm the private sector’s commitment to Every Woman Every Child.

This year’s luncheon placed an emphasis on social media-- including featuring a live twitter wall at the event, showcasing all of the partners’ tweets using #EWECProgress. For a sampling of the luncheon tweets and to view the Every Woman Every Child Private Sector Lunch storify, click here.


INSIDER IMAGES/ Gary He for the UN Foundation

Every Woman Every Child Reception — On Tuesday, September 24th, Every Woman Every Child partners hosted a reception to thank partners and colleagues for all of their dedicated work to advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. The reception also provided partners with a chance to network, engage, and collaborate. Distinguished speakers included, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Dr. Flavia Bustreo, Dr. Robert Orr, Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid, Mr. Ray Chambers, Ms. Carol Presern and Ms. Joy Phumaphi.
Click here to see photos from the evening.

Partner Spotlight: TOMS

jnj_logoThrough the One for One® movement, TOMS has provided over 10 million pairs of new shoes to children and has helped restored sight to more than 150,000 individuals around the world. To help advance the Millennium Development Goals the investments will continue: through their network of more than 100 global and local Giving Partners operating in over 60 countries, TOMS commits to giving another 10 million pairs of shoes in the next 20 months to support the health, education, and well-being of children in need. To learn more click here.

News and Opinion

September 16
10 Shocking Statistics About Maternal and Child Health

September 23
Ban Calls on Political, Business leaders for final push to realize antipoverty Goals

September 24
New Innovation Grantees Aim to Reach 4.5 Million People with Mobile Health Services for Improving Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health

September 25

Here’s The Biggest Source of Misery In The World, According to Bill Gates, And It’s Getting Better

September 27
Global First Ladies, Tastemakers Talk About How Fashion Diversity Could Change the World

September 28
Global Fund Results Show Dramatic Gainsn

September 28
A Way Of Life Is Ending. Thank Goodness

September 30
Who Will Be Accountable: Human Rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Global movement emerges for Universal Health Coverage

October 1
‘Urgent action’ needed on child TB

October 2
1st FIGO Africa Regional Conference of Gynecology and Obstetrics

October 2
Maternal Health RXs Pour Out During U.N. Meeting

October 10
Keep Women and Girls at the Heart of Development


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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