22 JULY 2014 | UNITED KINGDOM — The first ever Girl Summit concluded in London yesterday with pledges aimed at ending female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage within a generation. Co-hosted by UNICEF and the UK Government the event brought together government representatives, international organisations, the private sector who joined forces with girls themselves calling for an end to these practices.
17 JULY 2014 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — A new Knowledge Summary from PMNCH, argues that maternal mental health is fundamental to achieving global health targets relating to women and children because of its direct and potentially long-term impact on their general well-being and social and economic participation. The paper also explores some of the key steps, actions and solutions for addressing maternal mental health.
14 JULY 2014 | UN HEADQUARTERS; NY — A technical discussion on “Why a sexual and reproductive health and rights target matters in the health goal, held on the sidelines of the thirteenth session of the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development, brought together more than 50 participants from UN missions, UN agencies, and civil society to discuss the rationale for including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) as a targets under health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
9 JULY 2014 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Last week, about 1,200 of us from 60 or more countries gathered for the Partners’ Forum in Johannesburg. There was plenty of dynamism, energy and inspiration to go round. From the commitment of national leaders, to the stirring legacy of Madiba, so movingly evoked by our board chair Mrs Graça Machel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We were privileged to have ministers and many experts lend their voices and expertise to our panels and plenaries. This was a Partners’ Forum like none other.
Consultation on improving measurement of the quality of MNCH care in health facilities
In December 2013, WHO and PMNCH convened a consultation on “Improving measurement of the quality of maternal, newborn and child care in health facilities”. The report of this meeting is now available and provides information about the proposed 19 core indicators for reporting on quality of MNCH care in facilities.
For those who care about maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights – whether advocates, activists, private sector representatives, or policy-makers – we’re approaching a very crucial time in a process that will affect girls and women around the world for decades to come. It’s time to take a deep breath, and to come together for a next-to-final push through this last mile.
World Cup Countries Ranked in Saving Children Lives
A new scorecard of the 32 countries competing in the 2014 World Cup shows that all have made significant progress in reducing childhood mortality since 1990, when the World Cup was hosted by Italy. However, not all countries have progressed equally. Find out who is winning the battle to save children’s lives.