Message from the PMNCH Board Chair
Working together to improve the health of women and children
There is now clear and powerful momentum to improve the health and well-being of women and children. As never before, all partners are aligning their efforts, making commitments and delivering on promises.
As the Chair of the Board for The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, I am committed to working with all our partners to ensure that efforts to improve sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health outcomes are in line with the evidence. Collaboration is key to advancing our agenda. Concerted action increases impact, efficiency and accountability. As the world becomes more interdependent, our response to issues has to be integrated as well. The Partnership is an excellent example of this collaboration.
Today, there is no reason why the act of giving life should lead to death. We are all affected by these losses. As a woman, mother and grandmother watching the next generations grow, struggle and thrive, I cannot help but feel deeply our joint responsibility to make change happen and take the necessary action to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people.
It is an honour to serve as The Partnership’s new board chair, and I offer my gratitude to my board member colleagues, the secretariat and all the partners working at the global, regional and country level for their unceasing commitment to development and women’s and children’s health.
I am certain that if we continue to work together, we can all make a difference.
Graça Machel, PMNCH Board Chair