Agreement signed between WHO and UN Human Rights agency to advance work on health and human rights

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein
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WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein sign agreement to deepen agency collaboration.

Today marked a significant milestone for health and human rights as WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein signed an agreement to deepen collaboration between their agencies. The agreement – formally called a Framework for Cooperation – responds to the recommendations of the High Level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents. The initial term of the Framework is for four years and it spells out several ways in which the two agencies will strengthen their collaboration.

PMNCH partners chart a way forward for partner-centric driven work in 2018

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The Partnership’s ten constituencies were in Geneva to consider a new approach to strengthening and deepening the work PMNCH partners do together. This was a unique opportunity to hear from each of the SO groups on progress in implementing the 2017 PMNCH work plan; assess and agree on an effective partner-centric approach to working; and identify priorities for 2018. The meeting heard contributions from partners on the role of the Partnership, its value add and how the partner-centric model could be better expressed and structured to contribute meaningfully to the work of the partners.

An evidence map to better target research on social, behavioural and community engagement interventions for women’s and children’s health

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6 NOVEMBER 2017 | ONLINE — 6 November 2017 -- PMNCH, WHO, and 3ie have launched an evidence map and online tool to make available existing research on the effectiveness of social, behavioural and community engagement (SBCE) interventions for improving women’s and children’s health. The tool also highlights gaps where further or new research is needed. The report and online tool show that there is a considerable body of evidence from which we can draw upon for lessons learned. They also show that there are still significant gaps in the evidence base for SBCE interventions, seen as vital in making further gains for women’s and children’s health under the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy.

Investing in Adolescent Health – the Future is Now


27-29 OCTOBER 2017 | NEW DELHI, INDIA - On 27 October more than 1,100 delegates including young people came together in New Delhi, India for the International Association for Adolescent Health – 11th World Congress hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India along with MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child (MAMTA) and Consortium Partners.

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