Asia innovators to catalyze progress for women and children

Innovation Working Group Asia launches during Women Deliver

28 MAY 2013 | KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Changemakers in the Asia region have taken an important step towards helping accelerate progress for women’s and children’s health in the last 1000 days before the United Nations Millennium Development Goals deadline.

On the sidelines of the third global Women Deliver conference, the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women, some 50 global health leaders came together to celebrate the launch of the Innovation Working Group Asia (aIWG), to support the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and Every Woman Every Child movement spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010.

As Every Woman Every Child’s regional hub for innovation in Asia, aIWG will serve alongside its global counterpart, the Innovation Working Group, to catalyze initiation and enable the scaling of innovations across technological, social, financial, policy and business domains. The group will also work to foster cooperation among organizations to develop and scale up service and education initiatives in the region.

“The Innovation Working Group is helping to connect the private sector’s greatest strengths with the public sector’s greatest challenges,” said Rebecca Affolder, Global Health Adviser, Office of the UN Secretary-General.

“With IWG Asia we’re making another important step forward to scale up essential interventions, reduce the costs of implementation and improve women’s and children’s health worldwide.”

“What we are doing today is very, very special,” said Dr Andres de Francisco, PMNCH Deputy Executive Director, welcoming the added power aIWG will bring to global partnership for women’s and children’s health.

“This region has a tremendous amount of innovation,” he said. “By having a regional group here you will be able to tap into this, learn from each other, and send information to the global level to help the rest of the world do better.”

The secretariat for the IWG is hosted by PMNCH. The Partnership will work closely with aIWG going forward to facilitate communication and collaboration with its global counterpart and the global health community at large.

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