27-28 AUGUST 2015 | NEW DELHI, INDIA - This is a “Call to Action” to all of us to seize this opportunity and think big” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he welcomed ministers and senior delegates from 24 countries taking part in the Global Call to Action Summit which kicks off today in New Delhi. The two-day meeting is seen as opportunity for countries to take stock of progress, share best practices, and forge alliances for ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Key to this will be the updated Global Strategy, which was introduced and discussed during plenary.
14 AUGUST 2015 | NEW YORK, NY - After three years of intense advocacy, women and children’s health is poised to claim a central role in the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. The proposed outcome document of the SDG Summit, Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, was published this week. It includes a broad range of targets relating to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH).
5 AUGUST 2015 | LONDON, UK — According to a global evaluation released today by the Inter- Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises, reproductive health remains drastically underfunded in humanitarian settings. Conflict affected countries receive 57 percent less funding for reproductive health than those not experiencing conflict. Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, in her address at the launch, hailed the report for showing that the "rights and needs of women, children and adolescents living in crisis situations needs to be front and centre of national and international planning, programming and funding".
1-7 AUGUST 2015 | ONLINE - World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated ever year from 1 to 7 August and highlights the critical importance of breastfeeding. The theme for this year's World Breastfeeding Week is, “Breastfeeding and Work. Let’s make it work!” It is no secret that breastfeeding mothers face many challenges in the workplace, least of which is finding space, time and support to breastfeed. This year, we join partners in placing the spotlight on these challenges and supporting and empowering all working women who breastfeed.
Improving preterm birth outcomes: WHO launches new guidance
A new guidance– WHO recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes– has been launched to help prevent the complications and consequences of preterm birth. Adding to efforts worldwide to further reduce child mortality, it offers recommendations on interventions that can be provided to the mother when preterm birth is imminent and to the preterm infant after birth, with the aim of improving outcomes for preterm infants.
World Humanitarian Day: prioritizing women, children & adolescents in fragile settings
In September the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health will be launched alongside the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Key to the success of the updated Global Strategy is the need for concerted action in nine areas, including assisting critical population groups such as newborns, adolescents and those living in humanitarian settings.
Harnessing the Power of Creativity to Save the Lives of Women and Children
A blog by HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan reflects on observations made during a panel discussion around the importance of innovative communications in women and children's health to drive better global health outcomes. She considers the dynamic and catalytic power of the advertising industry to create change, empower and tap into emotions and reflects on how the same approaches could be used in the developing world to empower women to make decisions for themselves and their families.
Reflection Guides: Applying Human Rights Based Approached to Maternal and Child Health
The Partnership together with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNFPA, WHO, and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights of Harvard University, has produced a series of Reflection Guides for different stakeholder groups to provide more detailed advice on the application of rights based approaches to maternal and child health. The guides —Health Policy Makers and National Human Rights Institutions— will be part of a series to be released over the coming months.
Calls for Papers and Posters
Forum 2015: COHRED | Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015
Ministers discuss Global Strategy at Call to Action meeting in Delhi
70th Session of the UN General Assembly