Health partnerships call on G8 for support

PMNCH and partners look to G8 Sherpas to lay groundwork for commitment in official outcome documents

8 APRIL 2013 — The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health has joined GAVI Alliance, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in sending a prepared statement to senior government officials planning the 2013 G8 meeting in Northern Ireland, for a commitment of support for global health partnerships.

This letter joins ongoing efforts by major civil society networks, such as the Global G8/G20 Civil Society Working Group, in advocating for policy statements on maternal, newborn and child health and accountability from G8 and G20 leaders, urging full implementation and accountability of pledges made at previous G8 and G20 meetings, including the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health led by Canada in 2010 and the L’Aquila food security initiative launched at the G8 meeting in Italy in 2009. Related to health, food security is among the priorities for both summits, linking to nutrition, agriculture and economic development.

Over the past five years, PMNCH has facilitated a multi-stakeholder discussion group to define and communicate joint requests relating to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health financing and policy. The United Kingdom will host the 2013 G8 Summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland from 17 - 18 June. Russia will host the 2013 G20 Summit at Constantine Palace in Saint Petersburg.

Open letter to 2013 G8 Leaders: Full text

Global health partnerships call on the G8 to include a commitment of support in the 2013 G8 Summit official outcome documents

Proposed language:

“We acknowledge the impact of investing in global health partnerships to save lives, target the most vulnerable populations and communities, improve health and provide long-term economic benefits to people in the poorest countries. Public-private partnership models supported by our governments have accelerated progress toward the Millennium Development Goals and will have a critical role in the post-2015 development agenda. We pledge our continued strong support to all global health initiatives and urge new and existing donors from the public and the private sectors to provide additional resources.

We recognize that our commitment to the Muskoka Initiative and the Every Woman Every Child Campaign has stimulated progress in the improvement of women’s and children’s health, but we note that more remains to be done to save the 287 000 women and 6.9 million children that still die from preventable causes annually. We commit to supporting the development and implementation of cross sectoral strategies to improving health outcomes in the countries that need it the most with a particular focus on adolescents and newborns.

We recognize the role of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health who has pledged to work across its seven constituencies and 500 members, bringing together governments with civil society, donors and the private sector, to ensure that we bring the best knowledge and resources to bear on our efforts to ensure that women and children receive the services they deserve.

We renew our commitment to the GAVI Alliance whose support to developing countries has helped to immunise an additional 370 million children and prevent 5.5 million early deaths since 2000. We welcome GAVI’s focus on accelerating access to new vaccines against the primary causes of two of the biggest childhood killers: pneumonia and severe diarrhea and GAVI’s leadership in a global effort to protect all girls against cervical cancer by increasing access to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

We reaffirm our support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and for the comprehensive Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan for 2013-18; note the objective to strengthen routine immunization systems; and commit to continuing or increasing our contributions to close the 2013-18 funding gap in cooperation with other donors and stakeholders.

We renew our support to the Global Fund to fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria which undertook a far reaching programme of internal reform last year to improve its effectiveness and efficiency. We encourage all countries and the private sector to support the Global Fund’s Replenishment in 2013 and to provide the resources the Fund needs to take advantage of scientific progress and continue to deliver results in the fight against the three pandemics.”