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