Sexual and reproductive health

Working together for Women’s and Children’s Health

Nepal. In a health care facility, two mothers with their baby.
Two mothers with their baby at a health care facility in Nepal.
WHO/Christopher Black

WHO and partners programmes UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, and the World Bank work together as the H4+ in a joint effort to improve the health of women and children and accelerate progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 (reducing child mortality) and 5 (improving maternal health). The H4+ serves as the lead technical partners for the United Nations Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

As part of its mission to address maternal, newborn and child mortality and morbidity the H4+ works to tackle the root causes of these issues—which include gender inequality, low access to education for girls and child marriage—and ensures that linkages with HIV/AIDS programmes are made by working towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission. The work of the H4+ is also therefore linked to MDGs 3 (promoting gender equality and empower women) and 6 (combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases).

Each of the six H4+ partner organizations contribute unique expertise to the field of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Harnessing the collective power of each partner’s strengths and capacities, the collaborative nature of the H4+ allows for coordinated and streamlined efforts on the ground, resulting in enhanced impact of country programmes and positive developments in countries that are not on track to achieve MDGs 4 and 5.