Update on global call for proposals of successful collaboration across sectors for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health

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Vector Works/R. Gangale

19 February 2018 - It has been a month since our global call for proposals of what works in collaborating across sectors closed and what a great response we had. We received more than three hundred proposals – a strong testament to the interest and commitment to working across sectors to improve the health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents around the world. We want to thank every one of you who participated in this call and shared your story.

PMNCH’s current and incoming Chair Mrs Machel and President Bachelet, join drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

Bachelet and Machel
Gubierno de Chile

PMNCH Board Chair Mrs Graça Machel, SDG Advocate and Founder of the Graça Machel Trust and incoming Chair President Michelle Bachelet of Chile have both been named Commissioners to the first-ever WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, announced the Commission comprising of heads of state, ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The Commission will seek to identify and propose bold and practical ways to curb the world’s leading causes of death and illness.

Every Newborn – An advocacy toolkit and guidance manual for ending preventable deaths

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© 2017 Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH, Courtesy of Photoshare

6 February 2018 ¦ Online
This new toolkit from the Every Newborn Partnership shows how to undertake advocacy and communication in various national and local contexts, particularly in support of the global Every Newborn initiative. It provides a wide range of options for outreach and advocacy activities tailored to specific audiences and includes key messages on newborn and maternal health, as well as examples of letters to policymakers, briefs, press releases, social media content and other relevant materials to make the case for improving the quality of care and scaling up newborn and maternal health interventions.

Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet to Chair PMNCH Board


12 January 2018 - We are thrilled to announce that H.E. Ms Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of the Republic of Chile has accepted the role as our new Board Chair. Ms Bachelet is a long-time advocate for the rights of women and children in Latin America and holds a Medical Degree with a specialization in Surgery, Paediatrics and Public Health. She became Chile's first female president in 2006 and was the first Executive Director of UN Women in New York (2011-2013). She is currently a co-chair of the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child. President Bachelet will take up the Chair for PMNCH in April, joining us for our next board meeting expected in June 2018.

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  • February

    Every Child Alive: The urgent need to end newborn deaths

    This new report from UNICEF addresses the challenges of keeping every child alive, and calls for strong cooperation among governments, businesses, health-care providers, communities and families to give every newborn a fair chance to survive, and to collectively work towards the achievement of universal health coverage, and a world where no newborn dies of a preventable cause.

  • 12 February

    The Lancet Maternal Health Series: Global Research and Evidence

    Over three weeks this free online course explores the state of maternal health globally, based on The Lancet Maternal Health Series. You will review the latest evidence from experts, and learn what is needed to ensure good-quality, woman-centred maternal healthcare for all.

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