MSD for Mothers commits $10 million to the Global Financing Facility to help end preventable deaths of mothers

19 JANUARY 2017 | DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — MSD announced today its $10million commitment to the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child to improve maternal and child health in low- and lower-middle-income countries worldwide through its MSD for Mothers initiative. This commitment represents a critical step toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. Through the GFF, countries are aiming to make a much greater impact on the lives of their most vulnerable citizens, with the goal of preventing an estimated 3.8 million maternal deaths, 101 million child deaths and 21 million stillbirths by 2030.

Prioritizing adolescent health: a technical guidance

11 JANUARY 2017 | ONLINE — A new technical guidance for prioritizing adolescent health, developed by the UNFPA- and WHO-led Adolescent Working Group of Every Woman Every Child, aims to support countries to both advocate for increased investments in adolescent health and to guide strategic choices and decision-making for such investments to be reflected in national development policies, strategies or plans. It describes a systematic process for identifying the needs, priorities and actions for adolescents to survive, thrive and transform their societies as envisioned through the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy.

Survey: Are we keeping our promises to every woman, child and adolescent?

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9 JANUARY 2017 | ONLINE — The Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) invites interested stakeholders to share their feedback on the first IAP report titled 2016: Old Challenges, New Hopes, and give suggestions for the second report by participating in a brief 5 minute survey. The Survey closes on 15th January, 2017. The IAP members are also available for holding webinars to discuss the report with organisations that are interested in using the report for advocacy and implementation of policies to benefit the health of women, children and adolescents everywhere. Please email the IAP Secretariat at

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    Join PMNCH, the American Public Health Association, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health, and The Lancet’s commission on adolescent health and wellbeing to hear the latest on the changing policy, economic and environmental issues shaping adolescent health. The webinar will provide a closer look at factors that affect adolescents worldwide and youth-serving professionals will learn what they can do to support adolescent health and development. Learn more

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