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.
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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.
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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.