Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health

Updating The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents Health

The updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health, to be launched in September 2015, is a roadmap for ending all preventable deaths of women, children, and adolescents by 2030 and improving their overall health and well-being, and builds upon the 2010-2015 Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health launched by the UN Secretary-General.

The updated Strategy will support the achievement of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and anticipates a more integrated post-2015 development framework in which all countries are supported to attain and sustain their health goals, moving beyond reductions in mortality to a vision of healthy life for all through the life-course. The updated Global Strategy is being developed by a wide range of national, regional and global stakeholders under the umbrella of the Every Woman Every Child movement, with strong engagement from WHO.

The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2010-2015

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The 2010-2015 Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, provides a roadmap to accelerate progress towards the achievement of MDGs 4 (reduce child mortality), 5 (improve maternal health) and 6 (combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases) by 2015. It lays out a strategy to enhance financing, strengthen policy, with a strong emphasis on the continuum of care, and improve services on the ground for the most vulnerable with the aim of saving 16 million women’s and children’s lives by the end of 2015. The Every Woman Every Child movement grew out of the first Global Strategy and continues to put the Strategy into action, mobilizing actors from all sectors to work towards these shared goals. Over 300 partners and 400 commitments have been made in support of the Global Strategy from governments, civil society, the private sector, philanthropy, and international organizations and an estimated $27.3 billion has been disbursed. A Progress Report on the Global Strategy 2010-2015 —Saving Lives, Protecting Futures—was launched on 10 March 2015 by the UN Secretary General. It focuses on the progress made and lessons learned over the past five years, and sets the rationale for continued and accelerated action for the unfinished MDG agenda.