Executive Director’s blog


Congratulations to Canada for hosting an excellent meeting in Toronto last week. We all welcomed Prime Minister Harper’s announcement of a 3.5 billion commitment to improving global maternal, newborn and child health and believe it sends a strong signal about our continuity after 2015.

Let us carry this momentum forward, because there is much more to be done. The reality is that an estimated 289,000 women still die in childbirth, nearly 3 million babies do not survive their first month of life and 6.6 million children do not live to see their fifth birthday. Most of these deaths are preventable and by working in partnership to fill gaps and accelerate action; so many more women, newborns and children could access the quality care they need to survive and thrive.

That's why the PMNCH Partners' Forum is being held at a pivotal moment. From June 30 to July 1, leading global health professionals, policy makers, business leaders and advocates from more than 40 countries will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa. We will review progress, identify factors for success, and accelerate action to address gaps and save more lives.

Along with releasing the Countdown to 2015 and Success Factors at the Forum, we will unveil the Every Newborn Action Plan, which builds from the evidence base in The Lancet Every Newborn Series to create a roadmap and joint action platform for reducing preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths.

We are on the road to Johannesburg! PMNCH is committed to making the 2014 Partners’ Forum a catalyst for accelerated progress on behalf of the world's women and children and will do so in partnership with the Government of South Africa, USAID and UNICEF for A Promise Renewed, Countdown to 2015, and the independent Expert Review Group.

In support of Every Woman Every Child, the Forum will be an important opportunity to establish a strategic vision and to align partners across health and all sectors to ensure that women, adolescents, children and newborn wellbeing, equity and accountability are at the heart of the Post-2015 development agenda.

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