Global advocacy

Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health

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The Partnership plays a central role in facilitating joint action through support for the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and the Every Woman Every Child movement led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Launched by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, the Global Strategy calls on all stakeholders to work together to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. Under the auspices of the Global Strategy, the Every Woman Every Child effort was created to spur commitments to policies and programs that address major health issues facing women and children. The Partnership estimates that the Global Strategy has leveraged about US$20 billion in new and additional money to women’s and children’s health.

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In 2011, the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health (CoIA) was formed to strengthen global reporting, oversight and accountability for women’s and children’s health. As a platform for joint action, The Partnership issues annual reports on progress of commitments from more than 250 stakeholders.

PMNCH and health financing for RMNCH

The way in which a country's health system is financed has enormous implications for women's and children's health outcomes, for the micro- and macro-level financial consequences of health care, and for the potential returns that can be realized on investment. A well-functioning health financing system will raise the required funds to enable provision of adequate RMNCH care - "more money for health" - and ensure efficient and equitable use of these resources - "more health for the money". PMNCH is active with partners to make the investment cases for women's and children's health and well-financed health systems, including the production of regional investment cases for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.

Work with parliamentarians

Over the years PMNCH has worked closely with groups of parliamentarians around the world to advocate for improved reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) at the national level. PMNCH also works with PMNCH member, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), supporting the organization in its efforts to facilitate discussions to raise awareness among parliamentarians globally, discussing the importance of investing in RMNCH and the role of parliamentarians in the process.

RMNCH at the G8 and G20

PMNCH has worked with partners to help focus the attention of G8 member states on the need to accelerate progress on MDGs 4 and 5. Since the 2008 G8 Summit in Japan. The 2009 G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy, recognized the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Consensus in the outcome communiqué, In January 2010, Canadian Prime Minister announced the Muskoka Initiative for maternal, newborn and child health as the top issue of the Canadian G8 which generated initial pledges of US$5 billion of additional funding for MNCH from 2011 to 2015.