28 MARCH 2017 | ONLINE — In 2004, WHO/FIGO/ICM issued a joint statement that defined clearly SAB and its core functions. Actual practice at country level, however, is challenged by a lack of clear guidelines, standardization of names and functions, and task shifting. WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF have set up a taskforce to harmonize the definition and measurement of maternal health indicators, with special focus on SAB and in consultation with FIGO, ICM, ICN, and IPA. Comments are invited by 31 April on the draft Statement and accompanying background document available here
Videos: The Lancet Maternal Health Series
14 MARCH 2017 | ONLINE — A new series of videos to support The Lancet Maternal Health Series launched in 2016, is now available online. The videos feature women from India, Nigeria, and Sweden sharing their experiences of childbirth and bring to life many themes of the Series, including over-intervention, respect and dignity in maternity care, and barriers to accessing care. A total of eight videos will be released over the coming weeks.
8 MARCH 2017 | OTTAWA, CANADA — To mark International Women’s Day, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie—along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—today announced an investment of $650 million over three years in funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Canada will promote gender equality and empower women and girls around the world by addressing the gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights, with the help of experienced global, local and Canadian partners.
Is every child counted? Status of data for children in the SDGs
Is every child counted” provides a status report on the data availability of child related SDG indicators showing that sufficient data is available only for half of those. Many indicators, such as those on poverty and violence cannot be compared, and are either too limited or of poor quality, leaving governments without the information they need to accurately address challenges facing millions of children, or to track progress towards achieving the Goals. The report also identifies priorities for enhancing the collection, analysis and use of data for children.
Thirsting for a future: water and children in a changing climate
Thirsting for a future: water and children in a changing climate A newly released report from UNICEF says that climate change is contributing to a growing water crisis, putting the lives of millions of children at risk. By 2040, around 1 in 4 children worldwide will live in areas with extremely limited water resources. A major factor in water stress will be a global increase in demand for water, driven largely by industrialization, population growth, demographic shifts, food production and increased consumption. This report shares a series of solutions, policy responses and case studies from UNICEF’s work around the world.