Saving the Lives of 16 Million July 2014

In Focus: Child Marriage



Child Marriage

In the last decade 58 million girls in developing countries, 1 in 3, have been married before they were 18, and 1 in 9 girls have been forced into marriage between the ages of 10 and 15. These girls are at far greater risk of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, becoming infected with HIV and suffering domestic violence.

Early and forced marriage cannot be addressed with one standalone intervention. Access to education, economic empowerment, protection from violence, and access to reproductive health services are all critical for tackling the discriminatory social norms that underlie early and forced marriage. Read A Theory of Change on Child Marriage- Girls Not Brides.

To learn about Every Woman Every Child partners working to end child marriage click here.

For more information on Child Marriage read UNFPA’s 2013 State of the World Population report, Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy and Plan’s 2014 Report, Just Married, Just A Child: Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region.

Girl Summit 2014

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Yesterday, the United Kingdom and UNICEF hosted the first Girl Summit. The Summit brought together community leaders, grassroots organizations, governments, international organizations, and the private sector to build on developing countries leadership and rally a global movement to end early and forced child marriage and female genital mutilation. New commitments to advance the potential and rights of girls everywhere were announced.

To learn more click here.

Join the conversation on twitter by following #GirlsSummit.



In this Issue

In Focus: Child Marriage and the Girl Summit 2014

Updates from June and July

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: United Kingdom

Calendar of Upcoming Events

August 1

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development

August 4-6 

U.S. Africa Leaders Summit

August 18

500 Day Mark of the MDGs


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

Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths Report

Countdown to 2015, 2014 Report: Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children

Commission on Information and Accountability 2014 Report: Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

Every Newborn: An Action Plan to End Preventable Deaths  

The Gap Report

Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post 2015 Development Agenda  

The Millennium Development Goals 2014 Report  

Roadmap to Accelerate Achievement of Maternal and Newborn Survival and Reach MDGs 4 and 5  

Roll Back Malaria Partnership Progress & Impact Series: The Contribution of Malaria Control to Maternal and Newborn Health

Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health: Multisector Pathway to Progress  


Quote of the Month

“Children marrying children, let alone marrying the elderly, is an outrage. Children having children is a tragedy. Apart from robbing them of their rights, child marriage places their lives are at risk."  

Dr. Carole Presern, Executive Director, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health remarks at 2014 Partners’ Forum








Updates from June and July  

The 2014 Partners’ Forum and the Launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) — From June 30 to July 1, global health professionals, policy makers, business leaders, advocates and youth leaders gathered for the third Partners’ Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. Engaging a multi-stakeholder constituency and bringing in cross-sectoral perspectives, the meeting was a pivotal moment to review progress, identify factors for success, and agree on commitments for action to help women, newborns, children and adolescents survive and thrive.

The Every Newborn Action Plan, a roadmap and joint platform for reducing preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths, was launched with 40 new commitments announced to advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health through the Every Woman Every Child movement.

Read the Partners’ Forum final communique: Ensuring the health and well-being of every woman, child, newborn and adolescent.

To learn more click here.

Acting on the Call, 2 Year Anniversary of the Child Survival Call to Action and the launch of Committing to Child SurvivalOn June 25, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the governments of Ethiopia and India, in collaboration with UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, came together for a high-level forum, Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths, to celebrate the progress, assess the challenges that remain and identify the steps needed to sustain momentum in the future.

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Raj Shah (left), Bea Perez and Sharon D’Agostino at Acting on the Call, 2 Year Anniversary of the Child Survival Call to Action and the launch of Committing to Child Survival. 

At the event USAID announced that it will be realigning $2.9 billion of the Agency’s resources to save up to half a million children from preventable deaths by the end of 2015, refocusing resources on high-impact programs with proven track records to save the most lives.

To learn more click here. 

FP2020 Rapid Response Mechanism —FP2020’s Rapid Response Mechanism is now open for applications, providing urgent grants in response to unforeseen time-bound opportunities to accelerate family planning and #FP2020Progress. Click here to apply now.


Partner Spotlight: United Kingdom

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In 2010 the UK launched a new Business Plan for Reproductive Maternal and Newborn Health to set out how the UK aimed to increase efforts up to 2015 'to double the number of maternal, newborn and children's lives saved’. 

In 2012, the UK set out clear plans to help improve the health of women and young children in many of the poorest countries to help save the lives of at least 250,000 newborn babies and 50,000 women during pregnancy and childbirth by 2015.

At the London Family Planning Summit, The UK committed £516 million (US $800 million) over eight years towards the Summit goal of enabling an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to be using modern methods of family planning by 2020. 

News and Opinion


June 25
GBCHealth Honors Laerdal’s Commitment to Maternal and Newborn Health


June 30 

Significant New Financing, Policy and Service Delivery Commitments Made Towards Preventing Newborn Deaths and Stillbirths

Africa: Landmark Global Action Plan Outlines Strategy to Prevent 2.9 Million Newborn Deaths, 2.6 Million Stillbirths Annually


July 2

Zimbabwe: Maternal, Child Health Under Spotlight


When Shots Save Lives: Beyond the World Cup


July 11

It Starts with Her Rights


July 16

Global Goals that Matter


July 22

No time to lose: New UNICEF Data Show Need for Urgent Action on Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage 



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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