2011 Top stories

October - December

Children consultation

29 NOVEMBER–2 DECEMBER 2011 | LONDON UK - Over 60 parliamentarians from 40 countries participated in a session on the role of parliaments in keeping the promises on women’s and children’s health --this at the International Parliamentary Conference on the Millennium Development Goals, hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK). Partners, including Assistant-Director of WHO, Dr Flavia Bustreo, spoke about parliamentarians role in ensuring women’s and children’s health

HIV/AIDS progress report cover picture

30 NOVEMBER 2011 | GENEVA -- World AIDS Day was marked by many partners, including WHO, UNICEF and UNAIDS, publishing the "Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Response". It shows a 15% reduction of new infections over the past decade and a 22% decline in AIDS-related deaths in the last five years-- and an increase in services for pregnant women and testing for mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Others marked the day, including the HIV/AIDS Alliance with news of a programme which help keeps women with HIV healthy and a Blog from Board member, Javier Bellocq.

IFRC/PMNCH 2011 Report cover picture

29 NOVEMBER 2011 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has passed a Resolution calling on member states to reduce the health inequities for women and children. The Resolution - passed at the Organization’s recent 31st International Conference - coincided with a presentation to the IFRC by PMNCH Director Dr Presern, and the joint publication with PMNCH of a special report: Eliminating health inequities: Every woman and every child counts which calls for urgent action to eliminate all health inequities.

25 November 2011 - In 1999, the UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime - with the abuser usually someone known to her. Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. Many PMNCH partners marked the day.

Ms Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation of Canada

21-22 NOVEMBER 2011 | OTTAWA - More than 100 policymakers, donors, technical advisors, academics and advocates from around the world gathered in Ottawa for a two-day meeting to advance the implementation of the workplan of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health (COIA). A key outcome is the development of a high-level action plan to implement the COIA recommendations. PMNCH will play a key role in this joint plan. Co-organized by CIDA and WHO and opened by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and Canadian CIDA Minister Bev Oda, Ottawa was also the site for the first meeting of the Commission’s Expert Review Group (ERG).

UN Secretary General at the Global Strategy Launch

12-15 NOVEMBER | BANGLADESH, THAILAND, INDONESIA - On Saturday, 12 November 2011, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon started a three-country visit to Asia to Bangladesh, Thailand and Indonesia to showcase the progress and leadership of these countries in advancing women’s and children’s health in the context of the Every Woman Every Child effort. He opened his trip by speaking at the GAVI Board and closed it speaking to the ASEAN Business Summit.

Global Financing Architecture report cover

10 NOVEMBER 2011 | GENEVA/WASHINGTON - Latest projections show that despite significant progress over the past decade, Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 will not be reached. A new Report - Options for Action: Strengthening the Global Financing Architecture for RMNCH - commissioned by PMNCH and written by SEEK Development and the Global health Group, examines options for improving aid architecture to optimally facilitate the mobilization and channeling of financing and the rapid scale-up of interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH).

World Pneumonia Day illustration

9 NOVEMBER 2011 – More than 1.5 million children die every year from pneumonia, more than from any other disease. But a million children’s lives a year could be saved by simple interventions. Several PMNCH members are working with the Global coalition against Child Pneumonia on a campaign to mark World Pneumonia Day - WPD.

million moms challenge initiative illustration

8 NOVEMBER 2011 – ABC/UN Foundation’s “Million Moms Challenge” has teamed up with the Baby Center on Tuesday 8 November for an all day discussion and tweet-a-thon about maternal and child health.

picture extracted from 2011 UNFPA report cover

NOVEMBER 2011 – Dozens of PMNCH members have marked a new population landmark as it is estimated that since 31 October, 7 billion people now inhabit the world.

3 NOVEMBER 2011 – The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health has put out a call of nominations for nine Strategic Objective Coordinators (OC). Either names of PMNCH members or individual RMNCH experts can be put forward. The deadline for nominations is 8 November.

31 OCTOBER 2011 - As of October 31 2011, seven billion people will inhabit the earth. The 2011 UNFPA State of World Population report, People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion, looks at the dynamics behind the numbers, explaining trends which define our world of 7 billion, and documents actions that people worldwide are taking in their own communities to make the most of their--and our--world. UNFPA has also launched the 7 Billion Campaign to highlight these actions through interactive online media.

Parliamentary event, 24 October 2011, Paris

24-26 OCTOBER 2011 | PARIS - Hosted by the French Parliament and convened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and PMNCH, a special Parliamentary event took place on Monday 24 October to examine the role of parliamentarians in ensuring women’s and children’s health. The event precedes the PMNCH Board meeting (25-26 October), hosted by PMNCH Board member, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France.


17 OCTOBER 2011 | NAIROBI - The legislative arm of the African Union, the Pan African Parliament (PAP), has adopted a broad resolution urging speakers of Parliament in the continent to prioritize the implementation of maternal, newborn and child health programs and calls on high-level parliamentary action to accelerate implementation of a plan on policy and budget support to do so.

Moscow Forum

11-13 OCTOBER | MOSCOW – The Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health and coordinating the Millennium Development Goals through partnership were highlighted at a recent event held in Moscow: “The first international Forum: Ways to Reduce infant mortality: the Russian Experience”.