Ministers discuss Global Strategy at Call to Action meeting in Delhi

27-28 AUGUST 2015 | NEW DELHI, INDIA - The two-day global 'Call to Action Summit 2015' concluded with Ministers and senior delegates from more than 22 countries delegations adopting the Delhi Declaration on 'ending preventable maternal and child deaths. The two-day meeting was an opportunity for countries to take stock of progress, share best practices, and forge alliances for ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Key to this will be the updated Global Strategy, which was introduced and discussed during plenary.

Healthy women and children at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals

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14 AUGUST 2015 | NEW YORK, NY - After three years of intense advocacy, women and children’s health is poised to claim a central role in the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. The proposed outcome document of the SDG Summit, Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, was published this week. It includes a broad range of targets relating to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH).

Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Emergencies Remains Fatal Omission

5 AUGUST 2015 | LONDON, UK — According to a global evaluation released today by the Inter- Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises, reproductive health remains drastically underfunded in humanitarian settings. Conflict affected countries receive 57 percent less funding for reproductive health than those not experiencing conflict. Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, in her address at the launch, hailed the report for showing that the "rights and needs of women, children and adolescents living in crisis situations needs to be front and centre of national and international planning, programming and funding".

“Breastfeeding and Work. Let’s make it work!”

1-7 AUGUST 2015 | ONLINE - World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated ever year from 1 to 7 August and highlights the critical importance of breastfeeding. The theme for this year's World Breastfeeding Week is, “Breastfeeding and Work. Let’s make it work!” It is no secret that breastfeeding mothers face many challenges in the workplace, least of which is finding space, time and support to breastfeed. This year, we join partners in placing the spotlight on these challenges and supporting and empowering all working women who breastfeed.

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