Updates from December
World AIDS Day
December 1st was sanctioned by the United Nations as World AIDS Day. To coincide with World AIDS Day, UNICEF and UNAIDS, in collaboration with 10 other UNAIDS sponsors, released the Sixth Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS. The report shows great progress has been made to prevent mother-to- child transmission of HIV, with more than 850,000 new childhood infections averted between 2005 and 2012 in low-and middle income countries. However, the report raises an alarm on adolescents, citing the need for increased global and national efforts to address HIV and AIDS among this vulnerable age group. To read the report click here.
Learn about partners working on HIV/AIDS in support of Every Woman Every Child.
To see the UN Secretary-General’s Messaget for World AIDS Day, click here.
The Global Fund Replenishment
The Global Fund Replenishment was held in Washington D.C. from December 2nd to 3rd to secure financing for 2014-2016. Donors at the launch of the replenishment pledged US$12 billion for the next three years, the largest amount ever committed to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with further commitments expected in the coming three years. These funds will help the Global Fund and its partners build on successes thus far and help to drastically accelerate efforts to defeat the three diseases.
For more information on the Global Fund Replenishment click here.
To see the UN Secretary-General’s statement click here.
To learn more about the Global Fund commitment to Every Woman Every Child click here.
New Global Investment Framework for Women’s and Children’s Health
A new analysis was released by the Lancet on a Global Investment Framework for Women’s and Children’s Health coordinated by the World Health Organization, The Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and the University of Washington. By placing the additional investment in women’s and children’s health, the analysis shows that it would be possible to avoid the deaths of 147 million children, 32 million stillbirths, and 5 million women by 2035. Click here for more information on the Global Investment Framework.
To read the abstract of the Lancet article click here.
Every Newborn Stakeholder meeting
The Every Newborn Stakeholder meeting was held on December 12th to 13th, in New York City to strengthen engagement with the Every Newborn advisory group and partners, gather input on the action plan and implementation strategies, and agree on a briefing and outreach process among the WHO executive board members. The Every Newborn Action Plan is being developed through an extensive outreach and consultation process involving national, regional and global events, in preparation for the projected review of the draft plan at the World Health Assembly in May, 2014. The Action Plan will launch at the Partner’s Forum in Johannesburg in June, 2014.
For a full list of major events and projected milestones click here.