Hosted secretariats

The Partnership plays a central role in facilitating joint action on many fronts, mainly progress towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, as tracked by the Countdown to 2015 initiative, and through support for the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and Every Woman Every Child. The Partnership in its Geneva office hosts secretariats for two initiatives.

Countdown to 2015 – Maternal, newborn and child survival

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Tracking progress of countries towards the achievement of MDG 4 (reducing child mortality) and 5 (reducing maternal mortality) is critical to the work of The Partnership and its members. The secretariat of the initiative - Countdown to 2015 Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival - is hosted by The Partnership. Based on data and analysis from each of the 75 countries that account for more than 95% of the global burden of maternal and child mortality. Countdown seeks to boost national and global progress, improve equity and foster greater accountability.

Innovation Working Group (IWG)

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The Innovation Working Group (IWG) was created in 2010 to harness the power of innovation to accelerate progress towards achieving the health MDGs. PMNCH serves as the Secretariat for the IWG, The IWG catalyzes initiation and enables the scaling of innovations across technological, social, financial, policy and business domains. The IWG continues to pursue leadership in supporting collaborative efforts among multiple stakeholders. Previous task forces delivered reports on Checklists, Medical Devices and Sustainable Business Models in 2012.In 2013, IWG launched a regional hub in Asia to extend its global reach.