Reaching Every Woman and Every Child through Partnership
Working together to improve the health of women and children
Publisher: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 16
Message from Graça Machel, Board Chair
There is now clear and powerful momentum to improve the health and well-being of women and children. As never before, all partners are aligning their efforts, making commitments and delivering on promises.
As the Chair of the Board for The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, I am committed to working with all our partners to ensure that efforts to improve sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health outcomes are in line with the evidence. Collaboration is key to advancing our agenda. Concerted action increases impact, efficiency and accountability. As the world becomes more interdependent, our response to issues has to be integrated as well. The Partnership is an excellent example of this collaboration.
Today, there is no reason why the act of giving life should lead to death. We are all affected by these losses. As a woman, mother and grandmother watching the next generations grow, struggle and thrive, I cannot help but feel deeply our joint responsibility to make change happen and take the necessary action to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people.
It is an honour to serve as The Partnership’s new board chair, and I offer my gratitude to my board member colleagues, the secretariat and all the partners working at the global, regional and country level for their unceasing commitment to development and women’s and children’s health.
I am certain that if we continue to work together, we can all make a difference.
Message from Carole Presern, Executive Director
Since our start in 2005, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health has grown to include more than 500 partners from around the world – nearly half of those joining since 2011, reflecting growing momentum at all levels. We work together to accelerate progress, identify challenges and opportunities to strengthen coordination and accountability among partners. We are making progress, but the majority of developing countries are still expected to fall short of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal targets for reducing maternal and child mortality by 2015.
That dry-sounding phrase “falling short of targets” translates to the deaths of nearly 20,000 children under five every day– 40% of them in the first month of life, and the deaths of more than 700 women each day in pregnancy and childbirth. And the targets don’t even include stillbirths, a staggering 7,200 per day, 2.6 million annually.
We stand together with our partners to secure results. Lives depend on it.