Remarkable progress has been made in accelerating the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and 2014 has been a milestone year in keeping women’s and children’s health on the top of the development agenda. Now in its fourth year, the Every Woman Every Child movement has grown to include over 400 commitments, from over 300 partners, and has disbursed more than $27 billion, which is making a difference on the ground. The work of partners has contributed significantly to reducing maternal and child mortality by almost half.
As conversations ramped up around the next development agenda, Every Woman Every Child partners showed that when we come together as one, women’s and children’s health remains front and center. From Toronto to Washington, D.C., Johannesburg to New York, Every Woman Every Child mobilized additional resources for now and the future, highlighted the need for action on newborn health and survival and set a forward looking agenda with accountability at the forefront.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) during Partnering for Results: Delivering for Every Woman & Every Child Within a Generation. Mr. Ban is flanked by Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard
As we head into the final year for the implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, the valuable work done in 2014 has helped us to establish a strategic vision and align partners for a final push to accelerate progress on the health MDGs. Furthermore, our efforts have laid a solid foundation to work together in the upcoming year to develop a renewed Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, laying the groundwork for ending all preventable maternal, child and adolescent deaths within a generation. Everyone will have a role to play in the ambitious, but exciting year head. We look forward to working with you all.
Updates from November and December
Universal Health Coverage Day, December 12-The first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day, where a new global coalition of more than 500 leading health and development organizations worldwide was launched, was an occasion to celebrate progress and hold leaders accountable. Every Woman Every Child partners joined the conversation, showcasing that investing in health systems and achieving universal health coverage are catalysts to ending all preventable maternal and child deaths. Learn more.
FP2020 Stakeholders Consultation, December 9— Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), the global partnership under the Every Woman Every Child umbrella dedicated to improving access to family planning information, services and supplies, announced that three additional African nations – Burundi, Cameroon and Togo – made commitments in support of Every Woman Every Child. Further commitments to support the achievement of FP2020’s goal through funding and programming were made by The Brush Foundation and the non-governmental organization EngenderHealth. Learn more.
World AIDs Day, December 1- World AIDS Day 2014 marked an opportunity to harness the power of social change. Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible, but only by closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind. Learn more.
View the United Nations Secretary-General’s message on World AIDS Day here.
Partners in Population and Development Unveil New Roadmap, November 26- The 11th International Inter-ministerial Conference on Population and Development concluded in Delhi with the unveiling of a new roadmap for youth and adolescents by the Minister of Health & Family Welfare for India, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda. Learn more. View Partners in Population and Development’s commitment to Every Woman Every Child here.