PMNCH work in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa faces a disproportionate burden of ill health as it pertains to women and children. Conversely the sub-continent also provides opportunities for strong engagement given the strong regional commitment and the existence of regional political platforms.

PMNCH has been involved in a number initiatives focusing on improving women’s and children’s health in Africa. It supported efforts around the African Union Summit of Heads of States and Government on MNCH, providing content support, conducting targeted advocacy and fuelling media campaigns. The Partnership has also sought to integrate regional priorities from the continent in the various global initiatives around MNCH and has contributed to the development of an Investment Case for Health in Africa which has sparked discussions on the need for improved health spending among Ministers of Finance on the continent.

The Partnership has also worked with the Africa Health Parliamentary Network and UNFPA in prioritizing MNCH at the Pan African Parliament (PAP). To date resolutions on MNCH have been adopted by both the PAP plenary and African Speakers of the House. The Partnership is also working with the InterParliamentary Union to promote parliamentary dialogue on MNCH in Africa and other regions.

This work comes in addition to regional workshops on the role of health care professionals in achieving MDGs 4 and 5 and support in publication development as seen through the 2006 "Opportunities for Africa's Newborns" and the 2010 review of accessibility of essential interventions in Uganda

  • African Speakers of Parliament commit to support maternal, newborn and child health
    17-24 OCTOBER 2011 | JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - African Speakers of Parliaments and Presidents of Senate have unanimously adopted a landmark resolution on a Declaration of Commitment to prioritize parliamentary support for increased policy and budget action on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in African countries. The legislative arm of the African Union, the Pan African Parliament (PAP), earlier adopted a broad resolution urging speakers of Parliament in the continent to prioritize the implementation of MNCH programs.
  • Report: Investing in health for Africa - The case for strengthening systems for better health outcomes
    Published by the "Harmonization for Health in Africa" initiative (HHA) in collaboration with PMNCH in 2011, Investing in health for Africa: The case for strengthening systems for better health outcomes, argues that Africa’s current economic growth can be improved if concerted efforts are made to improve the continent’s health care systems. The report says investing in the African health sector could help save millions of lives and prevent life-long disabilities. At the same time, investments in health would accelerate the move towards attaining the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).[9] HHA is a regional mechanism through which collaborating partners (African Development Bank, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, World Bank) provide technical support and capacity building assistance to African countries on a demand-driven basis.
  • African Union Summit on Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development
    MDGs 4 and 5 were the focus of the African Union Summit on Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development, held in July 2010 in Kampala, Uganda. PMNCH was engaged from the beginning of 2010 in preparing for the Summit. The aim throughout was to build the case for greater investment in the health of African women and children. Among the most important of these new links was the collaboration between The Partnership and the African Public Health Alliance (APHA).
  • Report: Opportunities for Africa’s Newborns
    In November 2006, Opportunities for Africa’s Newborns, brought together data and analysis from a team of 60 authors and nine international organizations from the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, (PMNCH), led by Saving Newborn Lives/ Save the Children. The Report crystallized the magnitude of the newborn crisis in Africa, with the Report being published and distributed worldwide in French as well as Portuguese.In November 2006, Opportunities for Africa’s Newborns, brought together data and analysis from a team of 60 authors and nine international organizations from the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, (PMNCH), led by Saving Newborn Lives/ Save the Children. The Report crystallized the magnitude of the newborn crisis in Africa, with the Report being published and distributed worldwide in French as well as Portuguese.
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