2009 Top Stories

October - December 2009

Canadian Parliamentarians breakfast briefing

3 DECEMBER 2009 | OTTAWA, Canada - Hon Senator Carstairs' Motion 105 urges Canada to make maternal and child health a G8/G20 priority.

Dr Julio Frenk

10 DECEMBER 2009 | GENEVA, OTTAWA - Dr Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, has been elected Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.

Canadian Member of Parliament Bob Rae

2 DECEMBER 2009 | OTTAWA, Canada - At an event coordinated jointly by SOGC and the PMNCH, high-level leaders in Canada called for the government to lead the G8 countries to focus development aid on the basics: the rights and health of women and children under five.

Dr Flavia Bustreo, Director PMNCH

OCTOBER 2009 | GENEVA - Ms Joy Phumaphi is leaving her position at The World Bank to return to her home country Botswana. She also leaves, regrettably, the Board's Chair. On behalf of The Partnership we would like to express our gratitude to Mrs Phumaphi for her dedication and commitment to The Partnership and its work. The Partnership would like also to welcome Dr Julian Schweitzer as Interim Chair of the Board. Dr Schweitzer has kindly accepted this role until the selection process for a new Chair has been completed.

Bridget Lynch, PMNCH Board Member, President of ICM, at the 16th Annual Canadian Conference on International Health

25-28 OCTOBER 2009 | OTTAWA – Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and specifically MDGs 4 & 5, were main topics at the recent 16th Conference on International Health in Canada. Two PMNCH Board members - ICM President, Bridget Lynch and BRAC’s Dr Kaosar Afsana - presented the case for increased aid to save maternal and young child lives and the role of The Partnership in achieving the MDGs

7 OCTOBER 2009 | CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – Health care professional associations and government representatives joined voices in a PMNCH-organized session at the XIXth FIGO Congress to highlight the crucial role of health care professionals in the achievement of MDGs 4 and 5 and the importance of partnership in this role. As well, a half-day session focussed on global advocacy: 'Global Momentum for Maternal and Newborn Health: How can we advance it?'