November 2014

In focus: Setting the Foundations for Post-2015  



The month of November marked an important moment for the future of women's and children’s health and the Every Woman Every Child movement. On November 6-7 in Geneva, a key stakeholder consultation took place on Accountability for women's and children’s health: Setting the foundation for post-2015


Co-convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Governments of Canada and Norway, and the United Nations' Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the meeting brought together approximately 100 senior representatives from governments, civil society and international organizations to discuss the foundation for women’s and children’s health post-2015. In addition to conversations around the need for an updated Global Strategy for Women's and Children’s Health, participants also discussed the financing component for the Global Strategy, including through the creation of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) as well as the lessons learned on accountability. The meeting was the last of a number of high-level meetings convened by various key partners in 2014, all part of a larger strategic process aimed at bringing together stakeholders in women’s and children’s health to keep the momentum going and set the agenda as we approach the deadline of the MDGs. As an immediate outcome of the meeting, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) has set up an online interactive consultation hub where individuals and organizations are invited to share their thoughts and feedback on the Global Financing Facility and the next iteration of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children’s Health. It is envisioned that the renewed Global Strategy will present a common vision for 2030.  



In this Issue

In Focus:Setting the Foundation for Post-2015

Updates from November

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: March of Dimes

Calendar of Upcoming Events

December 1

World AIDS Day

December 9-12

Preparatory process of the third FFD Conference: Substantive informal sessions on "Enabling environment, systemic issues, follow-up process and learning from partnerships"

December 11-14

4th International Congress of UENPS

For a full list of upcoming events click here.


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

Data Revolution: A World That Counts

FP2020: Partnership in Progress 2013-2014

IHME: Pushing the Pace: Progress and Challenges in Fighting Childhood Pneumonia 

UNFPA’s State of the World Population 2014 Report

WHO and UNICEF: Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation 2014 Update 

Quote of the Month

"We are the privileged ones because we have an opportunity to end preventable deaths among women, children, newborns and adolescents for the first time in the history of mankind.”  

Joy Phumaphi, Co-Chair of the iERG, remarks at the COIA Stakeholders Meeting










Updates from November

November also was a key month for showcasing the cross-sectoral linkages in health. The health community rallied together to raise awareness around pneumonia, newborn health and sanitation by marking World Pneumonia Day, World Prematurity Day and World Toilet Day.  

World Pneumonia Day, November 12-This year’s theme was “every breath counts, stop pneumonia now”. Pneumonia is the number one infectious disease killer of children under age 5 globally. Every year nearly one million children die of pneumonia worldwide, about 15% of total deaths for children under the age of 5- of which 2 percent are newborns. Learn more.  

World Prematurity Day, November 17-Findings in a recent Lancet study found that complications from prematurity is the largest killer of children under-five globally accounting for more than 1 million deaths in 2013. This year, World Prematurity Day also highlighted the important work of the newly adopted Every Newborn Action Plan, which seeks to end preventable newborn and maternal deaths and stillbirths within the next generation. Learn more.  

World Toilet Day, November 19–This year’s theme for World Toilet Day was “Equality and Dignity”, raising awareness of the impact poor sanitation has on women and girls. 1 billion people practice open defecation. This practice contributes to the spread of diseases and high mortality rates of children under five. It also impacts school attendance and contributes to threats of sexual violence against women and girls. Despite sanitation’s links to numerous development issues, open defecation and poor sanitation are still not receiving the attention and response they deserve. Learn more. To learn more about partners working on sanitation in support of Every Woman Every Child click here.  

ICN2 Second International Conference on Nutrition, November 19-21-The meeting was an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The two main outcome documents of the conference are the Rome Declaration on Nutrition: a political commitment document, and the Framework for Action: a technical guide for implementation. Learn more.

25th Anniversary on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, November 20-This year, as we marked the 25th Anniversary of The Convention on the Rights of the Child, there was much to celebrate: declining infant mortality, rising school enrollment, and better opportunities for girls. In spite of these impressive gains, there is still much to be done. Too many children do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers. Learn more.

As part of its celebration, UNICEF launched the #Imagine Campaign, a unique  technological initiative helping to highlight the tremendous challenges children face all over the world. People are invited to record their own version of John Lennon’s song “Imagine” using a new app launched by UNICEF. Learn more.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 14 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, November 25- This year, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites you to “Orange YOUR Neighborhood.” Take the UNiTE campaign to local streets, shops and businesses, and organize “Orange Events” in your own neighborhoods between November 25 and December 10 to help raise awareness. Learn more.

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) speaks at the event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. At his side is Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Partner Spotlight: March of Dimes


March of Dimes commits to provide at least USD $60 million to support five trans disciplinary premature birth research centers at leading institutions in the United States from 2014 - 2020. March of Dimes also commits to continuing to lead World Prematurity Day as an open platform for organizations to focus attention on this issue.

News and Opinion


November 10
One in Seven Women Risk Dying in Childbirth in Ebola-hit Countries


November 16  

Premature Birth ‘Biggest Killer’


BBC News in Pictures: My Toilet


November 17

Being Born Too Early is Now the Leading Cause of Death in Young Children


6 Things Pregnant Women Can Do to Lower the Risk of Premature Birth


On World Toilet Day, New Sesame Muppet Raya Invites Children to Be Part of the Solution


Preterm Birth Complication Number One Child Killer Over World


November 19

World Toilet Day 2014: Lack of Sanitation Leaves Women Vulnerable to Attack



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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