2012 top stories

January - March


13-15 FEBRUARY | Dar es Salaam - Delegations from ten sub-Saharan African countries*, supported by a range of regional and global partners, met to develop country road maps to strengthen national accountability and action to improve women’s and children’s health.


Picture of a little girl eating; extracted from STC report on malnutrition

15 FEBRUARY 2012 - A new global survey shows that nearly half of families worldwide are forced to cut back on food-- and children do not have enough food to eat. Released by the NGO Save the Children through a series of launch events around the world, the occasion is marked in Geneva - the global capital for nutrition policy - by an event with senior figures drawing attention to the need for committed action around the world. Watch a live Webcast of the Geneva Launch at 11:30 GMT. Join the first-ever 12-hour global Tweet Chat which takes place on Twitter - #hiddencrisis, with PMNCH Director Carole Presern involved in both the Report launch and the Global Tweet Chat.


Global Financing Architecture report cover

2-3 FEBRUARY 2012 | LONDON – Key discussions on financing for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) were held in London 2-3 February 2012. The first meeting of the newly-formed PMNCH Task Team on Financing for RMNCH took place, co-chaired by Cristian Baeza, World Bank; and Ann Starrs, Family Care International. PMNCH co-hosted the second event with Sida - a consultation attended by more than 50 senior representatives from low- and middle-income countries, donors and foundations, multilateral organizations and civil society on the PMNCH-commissioned report Strengthening the Global Financing Architecture for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: Options for Action.


A group of women and children in Africa

6 FEBRUARY 2012 | GENEVA - WHO and partners are launching a new web site on results, resources and oversight related to women's and children's health. The site will track progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the Accountability Commission and inform the international community about the work of its independent Expert Review Group (iERG).


UN Secretary-General and Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the World Economic Forum
Photo credit: UN Foundation/Every Woman Every Child

27-29 JANUARY 2012 | DAVOS - Two side events related to the Every Woman, Every Child effort were co-organized with PMNCH at the 2012 WEF. A high-level luncheon addressed reasons and ways for business and government leaders to invest in women and children´s health.


Archbishop Desmond Tutu and UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon

26 JANUARY 2012 - A high-level luncheon focusing on the Every Woman Every Child initiative was held with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who represented the activist group of leaders – “The Elders”. Other speakers included Chief Executive Officers from Merck and Johnson and Johnson. The event was hosted by the leading Dutch multinational companies, in collaboration with the UN Foundation, the Ford Foundation and PMNCH.


PMNCH new Co-Chairs

JANUARY 2012 | GENEVA - PMNCH would like to warmly welcome the new co-Chairs: the Government of India, represented by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, the Honourable Ghulam Nabi Azad, and the World Health Organization, represented by Assistant Director-General, Dr Flavia Bustreo. We also sincerely thank departing Co-Chairs Vinod Paul (Academic Expert) and Purnima Mane (UNFPA), who completed their terms with the PMNCH Board. PMNCH Board also welcomed several Board members since the last announcement in June, including AusAID, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and CIDA.


Adolescent mother and her child. Photo: WHO

16-25 JANUARY 2012 | GENEVA – The WHO Executive has received several reports highlighting the women’s and children’s health, including one report examining the issue of early marriages, and adolescent and young pregnancies. The Director-General, nominated by the EB for another term of office, also highlighted the need to focus on women’s and children’s health in her opening address.


Frontline Health Workers Coalition

16 JANUARY 2012 - The Frontline Health Workers Coalition — an alliance of major non-governmental organizations, including PMNCH partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Family Care International, Save the Children and World Vision — is calling for the addition of one million healthcare workers in developing countries as the most cost-effective way to save the lives of mothers and children.


Decade of Vaccines call

6 JANUARY 2012 | The Decade of Vaccines (DoV) Collaboration is working to develop an action plan — the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) — for how the international community can best use vaccines to save lives. Experts from across the world are invited to share their insights in the areas of research and development, delivery, public and political support, and access to vaccines through an online consultation.

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