2014 Partners' Forum

30 JUNE - 1 JULY | Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Session 1A: “Fast-track” countries share stories of success

A packed room of delegates heard about the strategies some low and middle income countries (LMICs) have used to make “fast-track” progress toward improving women’s and children’s health. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia, moderated the session which included two presentations and a high level panel discussion on countries’ successful policies and programmes to reduce maternal and child mortality.

Audience participation through an instant voting system captured their knowledge about global progress in maternal and child mortality. The second presentation featured findings from a recent study on “Factors Influencing Changes in Child Survival in Africa from 1990 to 2011” in 46 African countries.

The panel of health ministers, deputy ministers of health and other high level representatives from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Peru and Viet Nam shared key learnings from their countries’ experience to improve women’s and children’s health over the past two decades. These countries are among 10 LMICs on the fast-track to achieve their MDGs 4 and 5.

The panelists stressed the importance of investing in high impact and evidence-based maternal and child health interventions, such as family planning, immunization and quality care at birth. The programme to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Eliminate Neonatal Tetanus in China, Egypt’s Healthy Mother/Healthy Child Programme, Ethiopia’s “home-grown and indigenous” community-based Health Extension Worker programme, and the use of cash incentives in Nepal to improve access to maternal care, were among the health strategies highlighted. Demand creation and community ownership, combined with targeting underserved communities also contributed to countries’ success.

The importance of multisectoral investments, coordination and “close collaboration between sectors” to improve women’s and children’s health was common across countries. Strategies for poverty reduction and infrastructural development in Peru, gender equity in Lao PDR, free universal education in Bangladesh and a multisectoral approach to nutrition in Viet Nam were among those highlighted.

The experience of these countries shows the importance of political will and leadership to drive the maternal and child health agenda, and as one panelist reinforced, to “translate it into reality at the service delivery level”. This was also reiterated by Dr Ghebreyesus in his closing statement, “if there is a will, there is a way.”

  1. About the 2014 Partners’ Forum
  2. The 2014 Partners’ Forum begins: Now it is in our hands
  3. Plenary 1: Healthy women and children at the centre of development
  4. Session 1A: “Fast-track” countries share stories of success
  5. Session 1B: Building a Future Where Children Survive and Thrive
  6. Session 1C: Delivering Immunisation Together: Hitting the MDGs and health goals beyond 2015
  7. Session 1D: Every Mother, Every Newborn: Ensuring Quality of Care at Birth
  8. Plenary 2: Health: A model of Accountability for Post-2015
  9. Session 2A: Better data for better policy making, programming and accountability
  10. Session 2B: The Every Woman Every Child health model of accountability in the post 2015 era
  11. Session 2C: Accountability for RMNCH: The African perspective and prospects
  12. Session 2D: Countdown to 2015: Fulfilling the health agenda for women and children
  13. Session 2E: Addressing the Nutrition needs in a Post-2015 Agenda
  14. Plenary 3: Equity – leave no one behind
  15. Session 3A: Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality
  16. Session 3B: Bridging the Digital Divide: Making Mobile and ICTs a Reality for All
  17. Session 3C: Integrating services for HIV/AIDS and RMNCH to promote equitable access to quality care for women and children
  18. Session 3D: Universal Health Coverage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Common Goals, Shared Challenges
  19. Session 3E: Equitable access to quality midwifery
  20. Plenary 4: Leveraging Investments for Health and Sustainable Development
  21. Session 4A: Scaling-up Innovations: New ways of dealing with unfinished business
  22. Session 4B: Investing in Adolescent and Youth as Agents of Change
  23. Session 4C: Mobilization of resources to RMNCH investments for reaching 2035 targets
  24. Session 4E: Getting It Right: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Family Planning in the Post-2015 Agenda
  25. Plenary 5: Our Common Vision – Delivering health and development for women and children beyond 2015
  26. Youth engagement at the 2014 Partners' Forum
  27. Private sector leaders reflect on post-2015 priorities and commitments to newborns
  28. World leaders: Women and children must be central to new 2030 global poverty goals