Saving the Lives of 16 Million November 2013

Updates from November


Updates from November

The Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

From November 10-13, Ministers from around the world and civil society came together in Recife, Brazil. The conference, organized by the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) under the patronage of the Government of Brazil, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), focused on the global shortage of health workers; the urgent need for at least 3.5 million additional health workers is one of the biggest barriers to child survival. Over 70 commitments aimed at strengthening the health workforce were made by Governments, Civil Society and others during the forum. To learn more, click here.  

International Conference on Family Planning

The Third International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) was held from November 12-15 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, bringing together hundreds of political leaders, scientists, health-care professionals, advocates and young leaders from around the globe. This year’s theme, “Full Access, Full Choice” brought attention to the wide-ranging benefits of helping couples plan and space their pregnancies and took stock of progress to ensure that everyone has access to voluntary family planning services and methods that meet their needs. New national family planning pledges announced at ICFP 2013 include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Myanmar, Mauritania and Benin. To learn more, click here.

World Pneumonia Day

World Pneumonia Day is marked every year on November 12th to raise awareness about pneumonia, the world leading killer of children under age five, promote interventions to prevent and treat pneumonia, and generate action to combat pneumonia.

Learn more about partners working on pneumonia in support of Every Woman Every Child. For more about World Pneumonia Day click here and follow #WPD2013 to join the call to action on Twitter.

To read a press release on World Pneumonia Day click here

World Prematurity Day


In Support of Every Woman Every Child the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the UN and the U.S. Agency for Development hosted “Prevention and Care of Preterm Births and the Every Newborn Action Plan” on November 15 at UN Headquarters. Speakers included The Honorable Mwaba Kasese-Bota, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations, Her Royal Highness, Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, Kim Dickson, Kate Eardley, Jennifer Howse, Lily Kak, Eve Lackritz and Anita Sharma. Conversation was centered on cost-effective solutions, new research support for families, and the Every Newborn Action Plan, now under development for launch in May 2014 during the World Health Assembly. To help raise awareness of the issue of preterm births, a similar event was held in Geneva by the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN.

Learn more about partners working to prevent preterm births in support of Every Woman Every Child. Click here to read a press release on World Prematurity Day.

World Toilet Day

In a bid to make sanitation for all a global development priority, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 19 as World Toilet Day, urging changes in both behavior and policy on issues ranging from enhancing water management to ending open-air defecation. Globally diarrhea is the second largest cause of under-five mortality and is responsible for 9% of all under-five deaths. Almost 600,000 children under five die each year as a result of diarrhea that is largely preventable through clean toilets and safe water.

Learn more about partners working on sanitation in support of Every Woman Every Child.

For more information on World Toilet Day click here. To read the World Banks’ press release in support of World Toilet Day click here.

Join the conversation on twitter by following #WorldToiletDay #toilets4all and #sayno2OD.

New Co- Chair: Every Woman Every Child Innovation Working Group

The Innovation Working Group (IWG), in support of Every Woman Every Child, is proud to announce Allan Pamba, Director of Public Engagement & Access Initiatives at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), as its new co-chair. Mr. Pamba joins Mr. Tore Godal, Special Adviser to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Global Health, to lead this important effort aimed at harnessing the power of innovation to accelerate progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals. Mr. Pamba takes over from Dr. Scott C. Ratzan, former Vice President for Global Health at Johnson & Johnson.



In this Issue

The Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

International Conference on Family Planning

World Pneumonia Day

World Toilet Day

World Prematurity Day

New Co- Chair: Every Woman Every Child Innovation Working Group

Updates from October

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: The Republic of Zambia


Calendar of Upcoming Events

December 1
World AIDS Day

December 3
Global Fund Replenishment

December 3 
International Day of Persons with Disabilities



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

Lives on the Line: An Agenda for Ending Preventable Child Deaths

UNFPA: Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy

UNFPA: Empowering People to Ensure a Sustainable Future for All

FP2020 Progress Report: Partnership in Action 2012-2013

Scaling Up Lifesaving Commodities for Women, Children, and Newborns: An Advocacy Toolkit 

Quote of the Month

“Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. It is violence against families, communities, nations and humanity.  It is a threat to international peace and security, as recognized by the UN Security Council. It has reached a crisis point and demands action from all of us, young and old, women and men.” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women 




Updates from October

Save the Children’s Global Day of Action for Child Survival On October 23, Save the Children organized its first ever Global Day of Action for Child Survival. Over 50,000 children in 67 countries took part in this mobilization event, Race for Survival, in order to bring child mortality to the public’s attention. Save the Children also helped orchestrate Global Advocacy Summits with youth and decision makers in 35 counties. These summits highlight the need for costed national health plans; campaigns to tackle malnutrition; appropriate levels of public spending on health; specific commitments to end preventable child deaths; and access to adequate healthcare for all within the post-2015 framework. To read more about the event click here.


UNFPA State of the World Population 2013 Report: Motherhood in Childhood, Facing the Challenges of Adolescent Pregnancy — This year’s State of the World’s Population Report focused on adolescent pregnancy with particular emphasis on girls 14 and younger who face a doubled risk of maternal death. Examining not only the girl’s behavior as a cause of early pregnancy, but the actions of families, communities and governments, ‘Motherhood in Childhood’ offers a unique perspective on adolescent pregnancy. UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehim says “Too often, society blames only the girl for getting pregnant….The reality is that adolescent pregnancy is most often not the result of a deliberate choice, but rather the absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl’s control. It is a consequence of little or no access to school, employment, quality information and health care.”

To read the full report click here.

Partner Spotlight: The Republic of Zambia

jnj_logoZambia commits to increase national budgetary expenditure on health from 11% to 15% by 2015 with a focus on women and children’s health and to strengthen access to family planning, increasing contraceptive prevalence from 33% to 58% in order to reduce unwanted pregnancies, especially among adolescent girls.

News and Opinion

October 24
Liechtenstein Helps Protect the World’s Most Vulnerable Children Against Polio

November 4
Providing Water for Families so Girls Can Get To School

November 5
Seizing the Mobile Opportunity

November 6 

Family Planning Summit Set for Ethiopia Despite Conflict and Displacement, half a million children vaccinated, and Counting

November 12
Pneumonia still Responsible for one fifth of child deaths

November 13
WHO Update on Polio Outbreak in the Middle East Reaching the Health Millennium Development Goals: The Critical Role of India’s Business Sector

November 15

iERG welcomes a young person as a new member


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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