Saving the Lives of 16 Million April 2014
 

In focus: Universal Health Coverage

 

 

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) aims to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. In the last two years, the global UHC movement has gained momentum. Today, more than 30 middle-income countries are implementing programs that should pave the path towards UHC, and many more low-and middle-income countries are considering launching similar programs. To learn about Every Woman Every Child commitments focused on promoting UHC click here. To learn more about UHC click here.

Universal Health Coverage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights- Solidarity in Purpose

UNFPA hosted "Universal Health Coverage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights - Solidarity in Purpose" on 31 March. The panelists discussed obstacles to ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls, including both the financial and social barriers, and also presented some lessons learned on successful implementation of UHC that put women and children at the center.

Investing in Health: Toward Universal Health Coverage by 2030 

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Director-General of WHO Margaret Chan, Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University Lawrence SummersMinister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, UN Special Envoy for Cities  Climate Change Michael Bloomberg

Convened on 11 April on the sidelines of the World Bank’s Spring Meetings, this event was co-sponsored by the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization (WHO). This high-level event identified ways in which countries can accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and emerging post-2015 targets with aligned support from the global development community and around universal health coverage. Participants included United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank Group President Jim Kim, Director-General of WHO Margaret Chan, former New York mayor and UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg, Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University Lawrence Summers. To learn more and view coverage of the event click here. Remarks by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Remarks by the World Bank Group President Jim Young Kim. Remarks by the Director-General of WHO Margaret Chan.

Universal Health Coverage: How to Implement and Measure It

This event was convened on 14 April at UN Headquarters in New York. Hosted by the Permanent Mission to the United Nations of France and Japan, in collaboration with the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Thailand, Benin and Chile, this event focused on successful implementation of universal health coverage in several countries.

Accelerating UHC in South-East Asia

Organized by the World Health Organization, the Conference on Accelerating Universal Health Coverage in the South-East Asia Region will be held in Paro, Bhutan, 23-25 April. The objective of the Conference is to reiterate technical concepts and to share best practices to accelerate universal health coverage, especially in low-income settings.

Health Systems for All: Campaign for Universal Health Coverage

On the 28 April, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is officially launching their "Health for All: The Campaign for Universal Health Coverage" in Kenya with the theme "Health systems strengthening for universal health coverage." The overall campaign's aim is to ensure that challenges that hinder access to quality health care are addressed and to ensure that governments and stakeholders in health services delivery prioritize strengthening infrastructure, human resource for health, and health care financing to improve service delivery. The campaign is currently supporting existing government initiatives towards universal health coverage and equitable health reform in two additional countries: Nigeria and Ethiopia. Additionally, in March, MSH launched a global civil society campaign called Health for All Post-2015, which specifies human rights and public health principles that should guide UHC at the global and country level. To learn more click here

 

 
 

In this Issue

In Focus: Universal Health Coverage 

Updates from April

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: Rockefeller Foundation

Calendar of Upcoming Events

May 1- 8        

Global Week of Action 2014

May 5    

International Day of the Midwife

May 21     

World Economic   Forum on East Asia 2014


Publications

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

Using Global Frameworks for National Impact: Guidelines for in-country advocates on maternal, newborn and child health.

7 Million Deaths Annually Linked to Air Pollution

Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation

Universal Health Coverage: A Commitment to Close the Gap

WHO: Arguing for Universal Health Coverage

Working for the Many: Public Services fight Inequality

Financing Global Health 2013

 

Quote of the Month

Universal health care can be the model for the 21st century. It provides access to services, prevents against exclusion and protects people from financial risk. This will bring more than health – it will bring equity, and contribute to a life of dignity for all.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon



 

 

 

 


 

Updates from April

World Health Day — This year’s World Health Day on 7 April highlighted the serious and increasing threat of vector borne diseases with the slogan “Small bite, big threat”. Every year, more than one billion people are infected and more than one million die from vector-borne diseases. To learn more click here

47th Commission on Population and Development — The 47th Commission on Population and Development (CPD) took place from 7-9 April. The theme was, “Assessment of the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development.” For more information click here. To see the CPD 47 Resolution click here. To learn about side events held in support of Every Woman Every Child click here.

Joint Event of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council “The Role of Partnerships in the Implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” —From 9-10 April, the President of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council joined forces to host a thematic debate on how to strengthen global partnerships for sustainable development, including multi-stakeholder partnerships that can facilitate implementation of the post -2015 development agenda. To join the conversation on twitter, follow #PGApost2015. To learn more about Every Woman Every Child as a multi-Stakeholder Partnership model click here. To learn about side events held in support of Every Woman Every Child click here.

First High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation — From 15-16 April, over 1,500 development leaders joined the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría in Mexico City to reaffirm the importance of effective development co-operation both to meet the MDGs and as a key component of the next global development framework. To join the conversation on twitter, follow #GPHLM. To learn more click here.

PMNCH Knowledge Summary-Online Survey — A new Knowledge Summary from PMNCH on newborn health — “Delivering our Future: Survival and Health for Every Newborn”— explores key evidence and proven interventions that can reduce at least two thirds of the estimated 2.9 million newborns that die, and the additional 2.6 million babies that are stillborn each year.

Given the intrinsic link between the survival, health and nutrition of newborns and mother, with the time around labour and childbirth being a period of greatest risk for both, the knowledge summary identifies three critical areas within the continuum of care for preventing newborn deaths and disability namely: care during, labour childbirth and immediate newborn care including resuscitation and management of complications.To learn more click here.

World Malaria Day — World Malaria Day is celebrated on 25 April. This year’s theme is “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria”. To learn more click here. To join the conversation on twitter follow #DefeatMalaria.To learn about Every Woman Every Child commitments working to end malaria click here.

World Immunization Week — World Immunization Week will be celebrated from 24-30 April. This year the World Health Organization is encouraging people around the world to find out what vaccines are available, check their vaccination status, and get the vaccines they need. To learn more click here. To join the conversation on twitter, follow #RUuptodate. Learn more about Every Woman Every Child commitment's that focus on immunizations.


Partner Spotlight: Rockefeller Foundation


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The Rockefeller Foundation commits to advancing the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health by supporting the transformation of health systems around the world towards universal health coverage—one of the most effective accelerators towards improving the lives and health of women and children. Since 2009, the Rockefeller Foundation has invested $94 million dollars to this cause. In 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation commits an additional $6 million—bringing the total to $100 million—to the promotion and support of universal health coverage. 

News and Opinion

 

March 23
Campaigners Welcome ‘Milestone’ Agreement at UN Gender Equality Talks

 

April 2 

Universal Health Coverage: Measuring the Path to Progress

 

April 3
For Maternal Health, What Role Will Universal Health Coverage Play in a Post-MDG World?

 

April 4
World Bank Seeks to Bridge Differences Over Best Way to Improve Healthcare

 

April 11 

Thank a Health Worker—Unsung Heroes of Global Health

 

Universal Health Coverage: Time for an Ambitious call for Equity in Health  

 

April 12

World Bank Seeks to Bridge Differences over best Way to Improve Healthcare

 

April 17

The Most Important Meeting in Town

 

April 18  

Nigeria Recommends 2020 target for Africa to attain Universal Health Coverage

 

             

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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