Saving the Lives of 16 Million MAY 2014
In Focus: #Commit2deliver



Launched this month, #Commit2Deliver is an advocacy platform to showcase results, accelerate action, and ensure accountability among new and existing commitment makers of the Every Woman Every Child movement.

By linking partner efforts, and building momentum around key opportunities, this advocacy platform will promote better connections between partners and will strengthen the feedback loop between global reporting and national drivers for results and accountability.

Partners are encouraged to share results and examples of effective accountability via Twitter and by uploading short 15-second videos and photos on Instagram using #commit2deliver.To view the new online feature click here. To learn more click here



In this Issue


Updates from May

Partner Spotlight:China 

News and Opinion



Calendar of Events


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

State of the World’s Mothers

Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990-2013

Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity

Uncounted and Unreached

Ending Poverty in Our Generation: The Next MDG Framework

Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2014 Update

Health for the World's Adolescents

Lancet Every Newborn Series

Quote of the Month

“If women can plan their families, they are more likely to space their pregnancies. If they space their pregnancies, they are more likely to have healthy babies. If their babies are healthy, they are more likely to flourish as children.”
Melinda Gates, World Health Assembly.

Follow us on Twitter, handle @UnfEWEC, to receive updates, news stories and links related to women's and children's health and the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health.

Calendar of Events

May 28-30   

Saving Every Woman Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach

June 1-5

ICM Prague 2014

June 30-July 1 

PMNCH Partner’s Forum

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Updates from May

Global Week of Action: I want all Children to Survive 5 —World Vision’s Global Week of Action took place from May 1-8 highlighting the millions of uncounted children under five who lose their lives to preventable causes. To join the conversation online follow #survive5 #worldvision and #uncountedunreached.  

International Day of the Midwife —International Day of the Midwife (IDM) took place on May 5. This year’s theme was “Midwives: Changing the World One Family at a Time”. Midwives provide care that changes families, communities and the world by saving the lives of mothers and babies. Learn about Every Woman Every Child commitments focused on training and funding for midwives. To learn more about IDM click here.

Moms+SocialGood —Moms+SocialGood, a one-day event in support of Every Woman Every Child, took place on May 7. The event focused on the power of motherhood and the role of social media and philanthropy to improve the health of moms and children everywhere. To view photos from the event click here.

World Health Assembly —The sixty-seventh session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva from May 19-24. The main theme of the plenary discussion was climate change and health. Additionally the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP), in support of Every Woman Every Child, was put to the WHA and adopted. To view a list of partner side events click here.

During the WHA the UN Foundation and World Health Organization produced World Health+SocialGood, a daily live-stream event from May 19-23. To view the discussions that took place throughout the week, including on the Every Newborn Action Plan, click here.

Launch of the Lancet Every Newborn Series —Following the Neonatal Survival Series published in The Lancet in 2005, this latest series, Every Newborn, presents the clearest picture to date of the ongoing slow progress for newborn survival, new focus beyond survival, combining learning from research and reality in countries, and setting targets for 2030 that must be achieved in order to ensure every newborn has a healthy start.To read the series click here.

China Government, Business Leaders and Philanthropists Gather to Advance Women’s and Children’s Health in support of Every Woman Every Child On May 22, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on China to be a leader in improving the health of women and children, domestically and abroad.

During a visit to the Shanghai Municipal Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health, Ban praised China’s leadership in establishing innovative health facilities and called for particular attention and action for mothers and their newborn babies.  

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Opening of Shanghai Municipal Centre for Maternal and Child Health Every Woman Evert Child Shanghai China, 22 May 2014. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

At a luncheon at the Grand Kempinski Hotel in Shanghai, Mr. Ban and UN officials joined high-level representatives from the Government and private sector to further highlight the critical role of China in advancing women’s and children’s health and the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with a focus on public-private partnerships. To view photos from the trip click here. To learn more click here.


Partner Spotlight: China

chinaflag.jpg China will continue to increase its  domestic investment in women and  children's health, through new  policies and measures, and  additional financing. New reforms  now being implemented will provide  basic health care insurance for all.  There are also new measures which especially benefit rural women, including free breast and cervical cancer screening, hospital birth-delivery subsidies, and free folic acid supplements. Additional measures include free hepatitis B vaccination for all children under 15 years old, a national immunization program covering all children, and free services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the HIV virus for all pregnant women.

News and Opinion


May 1 

Why Do We Still Need MDG Roadmaps?


May 5
International Day of the Midwife 2014


May 9

In Conversation: HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan on Mothers and Children in Humanitarian Crises


May 11

PHN commits $24.2 million towards health intervention in Nigeria


May 12

GAVI Alliance: Launch of Immunise Africa 2020 Leaders Declaration


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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