Saving the Lives of 16 Million February 2014

Updates from February

 

 

World Cancer Day

Each year on 4 February, WHO and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) supports Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer. On World Cancer Day 2014, a new global cancer report compiled by UN Agency, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was released. It showed that as a single entity, cancer is the biggest cause of mortality worldwide, with an estimated 8.2 million deaths from cancer in 2012. The report also confirms that inequality exists in cancer control and care globally. The number of deaths due to the disease amongst the world’s poor is growing at a faster rate than previously expected. Specifically, by 2025 almost 80% of the increase in the number of all cancer deaths will occur in less developed regions.

For more information click here

Gender Equality and Adolescent Girls’ Health: A Post-2015 Framework for Action  

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From left, Ms. Chongo Mwila, Ms. Lakshmi Puri, H.E. Prof. Nila Moeloek, Ms. Jill Filipovic, Ms. Anne- Birgitte Albrectsen, Ms. Jeni Klugman and H.E. Ambassador Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota participate in a panel discussion.

“Gender Equality and Adolescent Girls’ Health: A Post-2015 Framework for Action”, hosted by the Government of Indonesia, and co-organized by Girls not Brides, IFMSA , NCD Alliance, PMNCH, UN Foundation, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, World Vision International, World YWCA, and WHO, and in support of Every Woman Every Child, took place on February 4th at UN Headquarters. The event brought together nearly 100 participants from UN Missions, UN agencies, civil society, academia and youth to discuss the ways in which healthy adolescent girls are key to sustainable development and should be placed at the center of the Post-2015 framework. The event was held on the sidelines of the eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development, which focused on social equity and women’s empowerment. 

Click here for a full summary of the event.

For more information on the 8th Open Working Group click here.

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation   

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO),an estimated 120 to 140 million women have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and 3 million girls continue to be at risk each year. February 6th is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, which raises awareness of this important issue.

To view UNFPA’s Executive Director Dr. Osotimehin’s statement click here. To follow the conversation on Twitter, use #endFGM.

Thematic Debate of the General Assembly on “Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”

The Thematic Debate of the General Assembly on “Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” will take place in UN Headquarters from February 18-19th. Achieving universal access to safe drinking water, basic sanitation and modern energy services is one on the greatest cross-sectoral development challenges for women and girls. In many countries females bear the burden of providing water and fuel for households and are susceptible to inter alia violence in the absence of adequate water and sanitation services.  

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

 

 
 

In this Issue

World Cancer Day

“Gender Equality and Adolescent Girls’ Health”

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Thematic Debate of the General Assembly

Updates from January

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Calendar of Upcoming Events

March 8:
International Women’s Day

March 10
58th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women

March 13 
Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)

Publications

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

Faith & International Family Planning

ICDP Beyond 2014 Global Report

WHO, Measles Mortality Rates

UN-NGLS: The 2015 Post

Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring Every Baby Survives

Quote of the Month

“When adolescents have access to qualified sexual and reproductive health services and women are properly empowered, our development goals will be easier to achieve. Gender equality and women's health is not an insular entity detached from its surroundings, but cuts across various issues in human development, such as poverty reduction, education, health, and the environment." H.E. Professor Nila Moeloek, Indonesian President's Special Envoy on MDGs




 

 


 

Updates from January

2014 Annual Letter from Bill & Melinda Gates: 3 Myths that Block Progress for the Poor  The annual letter from Bill & Melinda Gates, released on January 21st, focuses on mistaken but ingrained beliefs that hamper economic development for the most vulnerable: poor countries are doomed to stay poor; foreign aid is a waste; and saving lives leads to overpopulation. In disproving these three myths, the letter highlights the decline in maternal and newborn mortality.

To read the full letter click here.

To join the conversation on Twitter follow #StopTheMyth. 

India Commits US $4 million to GAVI Alliance Vaccine Programs —  The annual letter from Bill & Melinda Gates, released on January 21st, focuses on mistaken but ingrained beliefs that hamper economic development for the most vulnerable: poor countries are doomed to stay poor; foreign aid is a waste; and saving lives leads to overpopulation. In disproving these three myths, the letter highlights the decline in maternal and newborn mortality.

Click here to learn more.

 

Partner Spotlight: Indonesia

 

Flag_Indonesia.jpgIndonesia will ensure all deliveries will be performed by skilled birth attendants by 2015. This universal access intervention is aimed at reducing the maternal mortality ratio from 228 per 100.000 live births in 2007 to 102 per 100.000 live births in 2015. In 2011, at least one and a half (1.5) million deliveries by poor women will be fully funded by the government. Central Government funding for health in 2011 will increase by USD 556 million compared to 2010. This fund will be available to support professional health personnel and to achieve quality health care and services in 552 hospitals, 8,898 health centres and 52,000 village health posts throughout Indonesia. 

News and Opinion

 

February 4
A Rite of Passage that Pushes Girls Into Sex

 

Hilary and Chelsea Clinton Meet With United Nations Chief On Women’s Equality

 

February 8
Could Better-Designed Child Health Records Be the Spark That Start a Prairie Fire?

 

February 11
Measles Death Decline By 78%: WHO

 

Ending Child Marriage and Improving Health Outcomes: Lessons from Malawi  

 

February 12

Big Gains Made On Women’s Health, But Access Still Unequal, Says UN

 

Can the Private Sector Help Combat Hunger and Malnutrition?  

 

February 22  

The World's Greatest Return on Investment

 

February 24

Going to the Source: Teen Girls Give Advice on How to Empower Girls 

 

February 24

More than a million babies die on the day of their birth every year

             

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.


Learn more at www.everywomaneverychild.org.

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