Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health

The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030

The ambition of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health is to end preventable deaths among all women, children and adolescents, to greatly improve their health and well-being and to bring about the transformative change needed to shape a more prosperous and sustainable future. This updated Global Strategy was 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 and builds upon the 2010-2015 Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

Launched by the UN Secretary-General on 26 September in New York, this updated Global Strategy, spanning the 15 years of the SDGs, provides guidance to accelerate momentum for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. It should achieve nothing less than a transformation in health and sustainable development by 2030 for all women, children and adolescents, everywhere.


The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s 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.