President Obama & Prime Minister Cameron commit to maternal and child health

14 MARCH 2012 | THE WHITE HOUSE – During meetings between the UK Prime Minister and President Barack Obama in March in Washington DC, they together reaffirmed commitment and work being done by the two countries together to improve women’s and children’s health and save lives:

  • In an Editorial in The Washington Post on 12 March 2012, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron mentioned their commitment to maternal and child health.
  • On 14 March 2012, the White House issued a Fact Sheet updating work on the US- UK Partnership for Global Development.

Find excerpts from these below:

US White House Fact Sheet on US–UK Partnership for Global Development

“In May 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron reaffirmed our mutual commitment to improving the lives of the world’s poorest people through the U.S.-UK Partnership for Global Development. Through the Partnership, we are working together to achieve better results by advancing economic growth; preventing conflict in fragile states; improving global health, particularly for girls and women; strengthening mutual accountability, transparency, and measurement of results; and mitigating the effects of climate change.

“We have followed through on these commitments in multiple ways, through coordinated development cooperation at a country level, joint responses to new and emerging crises, and combined advocacy efforts to strengthen international action.....

Global Health, Girls and Women - Investment in reproductive, maternal, and newborn health saves lives and is highly cost effective. In June 2011, at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization Replenishment Conference, the U.S. and the UK worked together to secure commitments that exceeded GAVI’s $3.7 billion request by $500 million. The funds pledged will allow GAVI to immunize more than 250 million children in the world’s poorest countries by 2015, preventing more than 4 million premature deaths.

“The U.S. and the UK continue to provide strong support to the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, honoring our significant financial pledges, encouraging new donors, and supporting its new leadership, strategy, and reform plan.

As key members of the Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health, we are working to accelerate progress in ten focus countries that account for the majority of maternal and neonatal mortality worldwide. Consistent with the Alliance’s 2011 progress report, the UK will host a major international event in July to galvanize support for increasing women’s access to family planning. The U.S. and UK are also serving together on the Steering Committee for the Child Survival Call to Action to end preventable child deaths in this generation. “

An alliance the world can count on

By Barack Obama and David Cameron, Published: March 12

Barack Obama is president of the United States. David Cameron is prime minister of Great Britain.

12 MARCH 2012 | The Washington Post – In an Editorial in The Washington Post on 12 March 2012, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron mention their commitment to maternal and child health, quoted below:

“Seven decades ago, as our forces began to turn the tide of World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill travelled to Washington to coordinate our joint efforts. Our victories on the battlefield proved “what can be achieved by British and Americans working together heart and hand,” he said. “In fact, one might almost feel that if they could keep it up, there is hardly anything they could not do, either in the field of war or in the not less tangled problems of peace.”

“Keep it up we have — not only winning that war for our survival but also building the institutions that undergird international peace and security.... As two of the world’s wealthiest nations, we embrace our responsibility as leaders in the development that enables people to live in dignity, health and prosperity. Even as we redouble our efforts to save lives in Somalia, we’re investing in agriculture to promote food security across the developing world. We’re working to improve maternal health and end preventable deaths of children. With a renewed commitment to the lifesaving work of the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, we see the beginning of the end of the AIDS pandemic. Through our Open Government Partnership, we’re striving to make governments more transparent and accountable....”