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.
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.