Saving the Lives of 16 Million August 2014

In focus: 500 Days for #MDGMomentum



500 Days for #MDGMomentum


ABC News anchor Amy Robach, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Malala Yousafzai during an interactive event to mark 500 Days of Action for the MDGs. UN Photo/Mark Garten

On August 18, Malala Yousafzai joined the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters in New York to mark the 500 days of action to build a better world before we reach the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. Learn more.

The United Nations and its partners around the world celebrated the 500-day mark until the end of the Millennium Development Goals through the voices of multisectoral actors, leveraging digital and traditional media at global and country-level. Every Woman Every Child partners highlighted that if we #Commit2Deliver, we can save 158,000 women and 2.2 million children in the remaining 500 days. Additionally, over the course of 500 minutes, a broad group of MDG supporters took action to raise awareness of MDG progress and solutions and to rally the world to join the UN and continue #MDGmomentum. Learn more.



In this Issue

In Focus: 500 Days for #MDGMomentum

Updates from August

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: Kenya

Calendar of Upcoming Events

September 21

Every Woman Every Child Welcome Reception & Launch of #MDG456Live

September 25

4th Annual Every Woman Every Child Private Sector Lunch: Innovating for Women's and Children's Health

September 25

Partnering for Results: Delivering for Every Woman & Every Child Within A Generation High Level Event to Advance the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health

For a full list of upcoming side events during the 69th UN General Assembly click here.


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

The Challenges of Climate Change: Children on the Front Line

Social Inclusion of Youth With Mental Health Conditions

World Breastfeeding Week Resources

Quote of the Month

"Quietly yet cumulatively, against the predictions of cynics, the MDGs have helped unite, inspire and transform.Global poverty has been cut in half.  More girls are in school.  More families have better access to improved water sources.  More mothers are surviving child birth and more children are living healthier lives."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement on August 18 at UN Headquarters.









Updates from August

WHO Conference on Health and Climate ChangeThe first global Conference on Health and Climate is taking place at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from August 27-29. The conference will provide a spring-board for action in addressing the impacts of climate change on health and will focus on two main topics:strengthening health system resilience to climate risk and promoting health while mitigating climate change. To learn more click here.

International Youth Day—International Youth Day (IYD) is celebrated on August 12. This year’s theme was “Youth and Mental Health”.  The IYD event at UN Headquarters brought together young people, youth organizations, Member States representatives, civil society, and UN entities to discuss the issue of youth and mental-health. To learn more click here.

African Leaders Summit—The African Leaders Summit, August 4-6, was the largest event any U.S. President has held with African Heads of State and Government. On August 5, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies co-hosted a U.S.-African Business Forum, with a thematic breakout session titled “Investing in Health: Investing in Africa’s Future”. The session brought together senior U.S. government officials, African leaders, Ministers of Health, and senior health policy makers to envision the future of U.S.-African global health partnerships in achieving global health security, promoting science and health, reaching an AIDS-free generation, and ending preventable child and maternal deaths. For additional information click here.

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President Barack Obama joins Africa leaders for a group photo during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2014. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

World Breastfeeding WeekWorld Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1-7 in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. Nutrition and maternal, newborn and child health colleagues developed this brochure to highlight the links between breastfeeding and newborn survival and health. To learn more click here


Partner Spotlight: Kenya


Kenya will recruit and deploy an additional 20,000 primary care health workers; establish and operationalize 210 primary health facility centres of excellence to provide maternal and child health services to an additional 1.5 million women and 1.5 million children; and will expand community health care, and decentralize resources. Additionally, Kenya has enshrined the individual’s rights to quality reproductive health care, including family planning information, services and supplies, in the Constitution. The government’s budgetary allocation to family planning has grown from US $2.5 million in 2005/2006 to US $6.6 million in 2012/2013. As part of the efforts to address family planning needs for the poor and hard-to-reach segments of the population, the government will scale up its Voucher System which provides reproductive health services, including family planning, in five rural and urban districts in Kenya.  The government has already established over 70 Youth Empowerment Centres. The target is to have one in each constituency to provide a one-stop-shop for youth friendly information, including family planning.  The target is to increase the contraceptive prevalence rate from 46% to 56% by 2015.

News and Opinion


August 4

Partnerships fuels MDGs Progress for Women and Children


August 5 

Advocates Seize on White House Africa Summit to Call for End to Child Marriage 


August 14

Ending Poverty


Lessons and Opportunities on the Health MDGs 


August 18

Sanitation for All: The MDGs and Beyond


How Many Lives Can We Save in 500 Days


A Call to Action to Galvanize Momentum Around Maternal, Child Health in India




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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