Partners'Forum 2010: From Pledges to Action

Side Events

Women's and Children's Health: How Can multisector partnerships with business help accelerate progress?

From left to right: André Lalonde, FIGO, Manoj Gopalakrishna, Becton Dickinson, C.O.O. Chulwu, MoH Nigeria, Ann Starrs, FCI, Julian Schweitzer, Co Chair Partners' Forum, David Alwyard, mHealth Alliance, Olive Boles, IBLF

Friday 12 November -17:00 -20:00

Organizer: International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF)
In association with: Partners’ Forum, Business & Community Foundation and the UN Foundation
Sponsor: Intel Corporation
Event Date: 12 November 2010
Venue: New Delhi, India


12 NOVEMBER | NEW DELHI – On the occasion of the global Partners’ Forum “From Pledges to Action” in New Delhi the meeting gathered over 80 leaders and practitioners from various businesses along with government leaders, NGOs, academics, healthcare practitioners, foundations and MNCH experts to explore how private and public sectors can work together more effectively to accelerate women’s and children’s health. A wide range of companies and alliances attended the event, including Becton Dickinson, Intel, Grameen–Intel, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Unilever India, ICICI Bank Foundation, Hewlett Packard, Nestlé, DSM, Britannia Industries, Voxiva, Hilleman Labs, Fortis, Apollo Hospitals, MaxHealthcare, Sanofi Pasteur, Pfizer, World Economic Forum, Confederation of Indian Industry, Bhavishya Alliance, Arcelor Mittal, Apco Worldwide, Avantha, Jubilant, GE Healthcare and several others.

The discussion focused on the role the private sector can play as a partner in helping deliver the UN Secretary General's Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health which was launched at the MDG Summit in September 2010 in New York.

“When a woman dies it is a huge economic cost to everybody. It is in everybody’s interest to deal with this issue,” said Julian Schweitzer, Co-chair of the Partners’ Forum. A framework for collaborative private sector engagement in improving MNCH was presented, which included strategies to engage through core business, philanthropy and CSR as well as public advocacy and policy dialogue. Manoj Gopalakrishna, managing Director of Becton Dickinson India said, “We need to build trust between public and private sector by leveraging capabilities.” The Minister of Health of Nigeria and PMNCH Board member C.O.O. Chukwu said “We need to encourage companies to do more and improve women and children’s health. We are doing that in Nigeria.” Bridget Lynch, President of Confederation of Midwifes commented, “Companies can step in and help educate midwives in Sub Saharan Africa and in Asia.” Andre Lalonde added, “We need partnerships with business; health professionals need to use innovations and technologies to accelerate progress.”

Examples highlighted multi-sector collaboration as being essential in order to achieve the maternal, newborn & child health Millennium Development Goals. Given that Asia and the Pacific have the largest share of the world’s population, the importance of progress and collaboration in the region towards achieving the Global Strategy was stressed. The meeting was organized by International Business leaders Forum (IBLF), United Nations Foundation, mHealth Alliance, Business and Community Foundation in association with the Partners’ Forum.

The participants shaped key messages that were delivered at the closing session of the Partners’ Forum.

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