18 OCTOBER 2011 | BERN - Women’s and children’s health was a leading item on the agenda of the 125th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Bern, Switzerland. More than 300 parliamentarians attended a panel event on a draft IPU Report entitled, “Access to Health as a Basic Right: The Role of Parliaments in Addressing Key Challenges to Securing the Health of Women and Children”. Dr Carole Presern, PMNCH,- and Dr Flavia Bustreo, World Health Organization, joined several parliamentarians on the panel.
20 SEPTEMBER 2011 | GENEVA/NEW YORK - In only one year, governments, foundations, UN and other multilateral organizations, NGOs, the business community, health care professional associations, and academic institutions have made unprecedented financial and political commitments to greatly improve the health of women and children. The assessment of commitments came in the new PMNCH 2011 Report: Analysing Commitments to Advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. The new Report—along with many new commitments—were released at the Every Woman Every Child first-year anniversary high-level event held in New York. Download the Report, Press release, Questionnaires and news clippings in our special Report section on PMNCH web.
11-13 OCTOBER | MOSCOW – The Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health and coordinating the Millennium Development Goals through partnership were highlighted at a recent event held in Moscow: “The first international Forum: Ways to Reduce infant mortality: the Russian Experience”. Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General, Family, Women's and Children's Health at the World Health Organization was speaking at the opening session of the Forum, held along side of the MDG 6 Forum on HIV/AIDS and as a follow-up to the Russian commitment to the G8 Muskoka MNCH Initiative.
20 SEPTEMBER 2011 | NEW YORK – The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced more than 100 new commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health at the special first anniversary High-Level Meeting of Every Woman Every Child (EWEC), attended by Heads of State, CEOs of the Private Sector and heads of civil society, the UN and government officials. Reports included the EWEC "Saving the Lives of 16 Million”, and the PMNCH 2011 Report. Notable new game-changing commitments: private sector partners including Merck will launch a ten-year maternal initiative.