25 NOVEMBER 2015 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Climate change has the potential to do serious harm to the health of individuals around the world. But tackling climate change could substantially reduce the risks while also improving human health by, for example, delivering cleaner air and healthier cities. That is why the World Health Organization is asking you to support its call to action, with the aim to raise awareness of the health opportunities that can be realised by tackling climate change now.
16-17 NOVEMBER 2015 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - More than 100 stakeholders from around the world including senior representatives from government and parliament, civil society, international organisations and the private sector have gathered in Geneva for the annual Accountability Stakeholder Consultation. This meeting, will mark work done over the last five years in response to the Commission on Information and Accountability’s 10 recommendations, as well as set the foundation for the next accountability framework under the updated Global Strategy (2016-2030) and in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals.
17 NOVEMBER 2015 | WORLDWIDE - Today is World Prematurity Day, a key moment to generate global attention on the leading cause of deaths of children under 5. Complications from preterm birth accounted for more than 1 million child deaths in 2015 and without appropriate treatment, those who survive often face lifelong disabilities. This year, World Prematurity Day will highlight country action for addressing preterm birth as well as cross sectoral interventions. Addressing preterm birth will be essential for ensuring children survive but also thrive even if they are born too soon
12 NOVEMBER 2015 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - A report from UN agencies and the World Bank Group shows that maternal deaths around the world dropped from about 532 000 in 1990 to an estimated 303 000 this year. This equates to an estimated global maternal mortality ratio of 216 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births, down from 385 in 1990.The 2015 maternal mortality estimates show progress achieved towards MDG 5 and a strong trend of reduction over the years. Data coming from countries has enhanced the accuracy of the absolute numbers reported and efforts to strengthen data and accountability have helped fuel this improvement. Yet, much more needs to be done
Taking Stock in Zambia: Identifying Policy Pathways for Improved Access to Lifesaving Commodities for Women and Children
Zambia has made significant progress in improving the health of its women and children. However, many still lack access to basic care. In 2015, PATH conducted an assessment of global initiatives, national policies, and decision-making factors influencing the delivery, accessibility, and availability of 13 basic cost-effective reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health commodities.
Online consultation: Draft Operational Framework for the updated Global Strategy
The draft Operational Framework for the updated Global Strategy is now open for public consultation. The Operational Framework aims to be a resource to support governments, private sector, and CSOs to implement the Global Strategy within countries, with a focus on the first five years of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Comments on the current draft are being sort from representatives of government, civil society, the private sector, academia, youth groups, and individuals, to inform what should be in the Framework.
White Ribbon Alliance, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, World Vision and Save the Children are inviting all stakeholders to sign a Call to Action to recognise and commit the necessary resources to support citizen-led accountability efforts and ensure their long-term integration into formal accountability mechanisms.