Executive Director’s blog


This week, PMNCH looks forward to the Asia-Pacific Leadership and Policy Dialogue for Women’s and Children’s Health, co-hosted by WHO, ADB, AusAID, UNICEF and PMNCH, to be held 7 -9 November in Manila, The Philippines. This meeting is the first time regional leaders from across different groups including government, parliamentarians, the UN, civil society and the private sector will gather to talk specifically about how to take forward the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in the Asia-Pacific, and the opportunities provided by related catalytic initiatives. Countries will share experiences on successes and challenges in implementing essential RMNCH interventions. The importance of research and innovations in helping accelerate improvements in women’s and children’s health will be highlighted. I encourage you to link to the PMNCH website for a comprehensive repository of documents related to the meeting.

Looking back, this has been a busy month for PMNCH. Two weeks ago, we were in Abuja for our 13th Board meeting. With more than 60 board members and observers in attendance, including representatives from Nigeria’s private sector, the PMNCH Board was welcomed at the highest level, with introductory remarks from the Nigerian Senate President David Mark and federal Minister of Health C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu, followed by a keynote address on Nigeria’s profile in maternal, newborn and child health by Prof. Emmanuel Otolorin, country director of JHPIEGO.

There were a number of highlights during the board, including plans to develop a youth strategy and a PMNCH position paper on the post 2015 development framework. We also had an engaging interactive Q&A session at the national assembly with senior Nigerian Parliamentarians hosted by the Senate President, and attended by the chairs of Nigeria’s health, education, agriculture and MDG committees. Prior to the board, we had a well-attended side event convened by the MacArthur Foundation on early marriage and adolescent health in Nigeria.

We are extremely grateful to the Honourable C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Minister of Health of Nigeria and his team, for their gracious hosting and all the arrangements, including great music, dancing and mementoes. For a full set of board papers please link here.