Work with the G8 and G20
In January 2010, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that, as host of the 2010 G8 Summit, Canada would lead a major initiative to improve the health of women and children around the world. According to the PMNCH 2010 Annual Report, this was a key moment for women and children's health and the PMNCH, which had worked steadily over the previous three years to elevate G8 a attention to MNCH issues.
Beginning with advocacy at the 2008 G8 Summit in Japan and continuing through the 2009 G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy, which succeeded in the recognition of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Consensus in the outcome communiqué, PMNCH worked with partners to help focus the attention of G8 member states on the need to accelerate progress on MDGs 4 and 5. The January 2010 announcement of maternal, newborn and child health as the top issue of the Canadian G8 presidency in 2010 was therefore a significant marker of success for the Partnership’s advocacy efforts.
The Muskoka Initiative generated initial pledges of US$5 billion of additional funding for MNCH for disbursement from 2011 to 2015. The Initiative also drew the support of non-G8 countries, including the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Spain and Switzerland, and of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation. These countries and organizations together pledged US $ 2.3 billion of additional funding over the same period.
The PMNCH continues its advocacy to the G8 countries. It also continues work in accountability of the promised funds through work with the Commission on Information and Accountability, and its Expert Review Group (ERG).
In a press release following the G8's announcement of $5 billion of new funds for maternal and child health over five years, PMNCH declared:
"For the first time, the whisper of political attention has turned into a roar. We now have actual dollars on the table and a public accountability framework to track how promises are kept. History will mark 2010 as a turning point for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. The G8 pledge puts us closer to the $30 billion needed to reach our goals by 2015, and to making the United Nations Secretary-General's Joint Action Plan for Women's and Children's Health a reality." The G8 pledge of $1 billion per year for five years came halfway to meeting the critical need to double resources for maternal, newborn and child health, as set out in the "Call to Action for the G8," which was advocated for by PMNCH in advance of the summit.