PMNCH History

The issue

Since 2005, the PMNCH has grown to hundreds of members, and has mobilized partners and governments to place greater focus and resources on its issue: improving reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). At the time - in 2005:

  • more than 10 million children under-five died each year from largely preventable causes and
  • more than half a million women died needlessly at birth or from pregnancy-related causes.
Understand the Burden

Since 2005, global attention and governments have turned to support and improve the health of women's and Children's health globally, and change and improve those statistics. In 2010, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health with the support of The Partnership, which has galvanized further public and government support. Link on the right and learn about the current statistics on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and mortality in the document: Understand the Burden.

PMNCH Launch 2005

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health was launched in September 2005 when the world’s three leading maternal, newborn and child health alliances joined forces under the new name of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. Some 80 original members joined together from the three organizations, which included: the Partnership for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health, hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva; the Healthy Newborn Partnership, based at Save the Children USA; and the Child Survival Partnership, hosted by UNICEF in New York.

Millennium Development Goals

All three partnerships focused on accelerating action by countries—both donor and developing countries—to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 (reduce child mortality) and 5 (improve maternal health). Link on the right to find out more about the MDGs.

Lives in the Balance: PMNCH Meeting, April 2005, Delhi, India

The vision and goals of The Partnership were outlined in "The Delhi Declaration" – a landmark statement developed by participants of "Lives in the Balance: The Partnership Meeting for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health", held in New Delhi, India, April 7-9, 2005 at the time of the launch of the World Health Organization’s 2005 Report: Making every woman and child count. Participants included ministers and delegations from 12 national governments, UN agencies, the World Bank, foundations, national and international NGOs, professional bodies, academic institutions and civil society representatives

The three historical partnerships

The Partnership for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health

was an outgrowth of the Safe Motherhood Inter-Agency Group, which was established in 1987. This Partnership was launched in 2004 with a broadened mandate to promote the health of women and newborns, focusing on the most vulnerable groups. It also lobbied for greater national and international commitment to achieve MDGs 4 & 5.

The Healthy Newborn Partnership

was established in 2000 with three main objectives: (1) promoting awareness and action to improve newborn health; (2) providing a forum to communicate new advances and information in newborn health initiatives; and (3) incorporating newborn health into government policies and programmes.

The Child Survival Partnership

was created in 2004 to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of child health programmes, and to lobby for governments to support and expand national child health initiatives. The Partnership strives to achieve these goals by bringing together national, regional, and global partners in a shared effort to mobilize resources and achieve MDG 4.