Saving the Lives of 16 Million January 2014

Updates from January


India’s Anniversary: Celebrating Three Years Polio-Free


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon administers a dose of a polio vaccine to a child brought by its mother to the United Nations complex. UN Photo/Mark Garten  

On January 13th, the international community celebrated a major global health milestone: three years have passed since India’s last case of wild polio. Just five years ago, India was home to nearly half of the world’s new polio cases. With aid from organizations that make up the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the government of India implemented an all-out effort to stop polio, deploying 2 million vaccinators. India has been able to treat children who had never before received a polio vaccine or any other health services. Health workers have also been able to supply formerly unvaccinated children with other critical health services, such as measles vaccines and information for mothers about how to deliver a baby safely and care for them during their first weeks of life.

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Click here to learn more about Every Woman Every Child commitments that are working to end polio and advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

Twenty Second African Union Summit

The Twenty Second African Union Summit takes place from January 21st to 31st. This year’s theme is, “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture: Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development.” Participants at the AU Summit will also discuss the African common position on the post-2015 development agenda and progress on women’s and children’s health.

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Fourth Stakeholder Meeting: Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

The Fourth Stakeholder Meeting on Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 14th and 15th. Co-chaired by the Government of Canada and The World Health Organization, the meeting was attended by more than 70 stakeholders implementing the various initiatives under the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

Participants critically reviewed progress made towards the Global Strategy and the implementation of the Commission on Information and Accountability (COIA) recommendations, discussed the independent Expert Review Group’s (iERG) 2013 recommendations and helped to define a roadmap for the remaining two years of action.

To learn more about the meeting click here.

Click here to read Dr. Margaret Chan’s opening remarks

Every Newborn Action Plan: Now Open for Consultation  

Every Newborn: An Action Plan to End Preventable Deaths was broadly supported by delegates. Many welcomed the objectives of the plan and a global consultation process among all stakeholders on the current draft.

The Every Newborn Action Plan is now online for consultation and comments from all interested parties are welcome and strongly encouraged. The consultation period runs during the month of February, closing on 28 February, after which the final plan will be developed for presentation to the 194 Member States at the World Health Assembly in May.

In taking forward the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, the Every Newborn Action Plan will focus attention on newborn health and identify actions for improving survival, health and development.

To learn more click here.

World Economic Forum


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda at “Investing in Girl Empowerment for MDG Acceleration”. Photo Credit: Eskinder Debe. 

The World Economic Forum took place in Davos, Switzerland, from January 22-25. The thematic focus was, “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Politics, Business and Society” with the aim of developing the insights, initiatives and actions necessary to respond to current and emerging challenges. On January 23, the UN Secretary-General, with the MDG Advocacy Group, hosted a luncheon titled, “Investing in Girl Empowerment for MDG Acceleration”. This event aimed to communicate that girls are the key to MDG acceleration, with linkages to the right to health and education. The Secretary-General’s multistakeholder initiatives, including Every Woman Every Child, were discussed as engagement mechanisms for the private sector.

To join the conversation on investing in girl empowerment for MDG acceleration on twitter follow #InvestInGirls #MDGMomentum #EWECProgress and for more information on the luncheon click here.

At Davos, key advocates for achieving the health-related MDGs presented a 700-day Achievement Roadmap to save the needed 2.2 million children’s lives to reach the global child health MDG by the December 31, 2015 deadline. Click here to view. 

Click here to learn more about commitments from the private sector to advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.



In this Issue

India’s Anniversary: Celebrating Three Years Polio-Free

Twenty Second

Fourth Stakeholder Meeting: Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

Every Newborn Action Plan: Now Open for Consultation

World Economic Forum

Updates from December

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: Global Polio Eradication Initiative



Calendar of Upcoming Events

February 3:
Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, Eighth Session

February 11
52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development

February 18-19
Thematic Debate of the General Assembly, Convened by the President of the General Assembly “Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy In the Post-2015 Development Agenda” 


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

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

Saving Mothers Giving Life: Making Pregnancy & Childbirth Safer in Uganda & Zambia 2013

WHO: Poliomyelitis: Intensification of the Global Eradication Initiative


Quote of the Month

““We are at the midpoint in a time-bound process of improving accountability. This is a good time to take stock of where we stand, the lessons we have learned, and how we can institutionalize these lessons as the international community moves into the post-2015 era.” Dr. Margaret Chan’s, Director- General, WHO, opening remarks at the Fourth Stakeholder Meeting: Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health.  




Updates from December


Human Rights DayThis year’s focus for Human Rights Day was “20 years working for your rights,” as the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) marks two decades since its inception. Among OHCHR’s list of the top 20 Human Rights achievements of the past 20 years was the acknowledgement of women’s rights as fundamental human rights.

Yet, the statistics for women and girls facing violence, discrimination and other forms of oppression are shocking: 1 in 3 women and girls are subject to violence in their lifetime and 1 in 3 girls in developing countries will be married before they turn 18. Furthermore, the UNFPA State of World Population 2013 Report, “Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent pregnancy” concluded that adolescent pregnancy is intertwined with issues of human rights, including child marriage; gender inequality, sexual violence and coercion; and lack of access to education.

Click here to view the Secretary-General’s video message to the High-Level Panel Discussion to Commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.

Click here to view additional commitments dealing with women’s and children’s human rights, including those that address early marriage and access to free health care for pregnant women and children.


Partner Spotlight: Global Polio Eradication Initiative

GPEI.jpgThe Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) commits to supporting the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. The GPEI commits to optimizing its 70-country, 3,300-person infrastructure to intensify efforts to finally eradicate this paralytic childhood disease and to do so in a way that also supports broader maternal and child health objectives through opportunistic, value-added health interventions for mothers and children that range from complementary actions, such as distribution of vitamin A drops and de-worming tablets during polio campaigns, to community micro-planning initiatives, and integrated disease surveillance activities.

News and Opinion

December 20
7 Wins for Global Child Health in 2013

UNICEF Statement on the entry into force of the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Walk in my Shoes- UNAIDS Board devotes key session to HIV, adolescents and Youth

December 26
UN Women: Timeline: Gender Equality, 2013 Year in Review

January 7
UN Partners seek $1 billion to save Syria’s children from becoming ‘lost generation’

January 8
A New Development Framework for Emerging Powers

December 11
A New Development Framework for Emerging Powers

January 11
Q&A: How India Stopped Polio

January 13
India’s Anniversary: Celebrating Three Years Polio-Free

January 15
Large Returns from Small Investments in Women’s, Children’s Health


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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