December 2014

In focus: Reflecting on 2014



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.



In this Issue

In Focus: Reflecting on 2014  

Updates from November and December

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: Partners in Population and Development

Calendar of Upcoming Events

January 21        

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

January 26   

136th WHO Executive Board Session

January 27      

GAVI Pledging Conference


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

Adding it Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014

Delhi Declaration 2014

WHO: World Malaria Report 2014

UNAIDS: The Cities Report

UNAIDS: The Fast-Track Report

UNICEF: 2014 Statistical Update on Children, Adolescents and AIDS report

UNICEF: With 15 million children caught up in major conflicts, UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children


Quote of the Month

“Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and investments in health systems can accelerate global efforts to ensure access to healthcare to anyone who needs it, leaving no one behind. UHC can help us galvanize progress towards achieving all the health-related Millennium Development Goals and ending preventable deaths, particularly among the most vulnerable populations – women, children and adolescents – as well as communities beyond 2015. With universal coverage, we can foster greater equity, empower countless individuals, and contribute to a life of dignity for all."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon statement on Universal Health Coverage Day






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.

Partner Spotlight: Partners in Population and Development


Partners in Population and Development collectively resolves to ensure universal access to essential health services and proven, life-saving interventions as they work to strengthen health systems and is committed to ensuring that their programs and activities will promote inclusion of every woman and every child as the beneficiary of all our policy and program efforts.

News and Opinion


December 4
Spending $25 a woman annually on health could save millions of lives


December 9  

Nike Foundation and Gates Foundation Partnership Restore Hope for an AIDS-free Future for Girls


Share Your Voice: The Future of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health


December 10
Time’s Person of the Year: The Ebola Fighters


Africa: USAID and Orange Join Forces to Boost MHealth Innovations Across Africa


December 11

The Path to Zero Ebola Cases


December 17

US approves US $200 million for Gavi in fiscal year 2015 budget




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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