Executive Director’s blog

March 2012

Carole Presern, Director PMNCH

Spring brings fresh wind for women’s and children’s health

Every spring in recent years has brought good news for women’s and children’s health. In the spring of 2010, MNCH emerged at the top of the G8 health agenda with the Muskoka Initiative, and we planted the first seeds of what became the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. In 2011, we moved closer to realizing our long-held aspiration for better data, monitoring and accountability with the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health.

This spring, three linked initiatives take up key challenges set out by the Global Strategy: Better access to life-saving drugs and supplies, renewed momentum for newborn and child health, and more support for family planning. These initiatives are:

  • UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway and co-chaired by UNICEF and UNFPA was launched on 23 March 2012. Their mission is essential to making further progress on the Global Strategy goals: To reduce barriers that block access to affordable, effective medicines and health supplies for the world’s most vulnerable people. The Commission will identify strategies for improving delivery of essential health supplies, promoting new technologies and products, strengthening regulatory frameworks, and enhancing innovative financing mechanisms. Link on the right for full details
  • A Promise to Keep: Ending Preventable Child Deaths is a new movement calling for better accountability and targeted life-saving interventions for children over the next two decades. Facilitated by USAID, A Promise to Keep will be coordinated by a coalition of partners from government, multilateral agencies and civil society, and will be kicked-off at a Call to Action on June 14-15 in Washington, D.C.
  • Family Planning Summit, to be held in London in July, will generate unprecedented political commitment and resources from developing countries, donors, the private sector, civil society and other partners to meet the family planning needs of women in the world’s poorest countries by 2020. UK to host family planning summit with Gates Foundation

PMNCH is proud to nurture the growth of each of these over the coming months, with support from our board, constituency groups, and secretariat in various ways, from strategic planning to technical review to partnership building. Together, in support of Every Woman Every Child, we look forward to further success in 2012.

Taken from the PMNCH March 2012 EBlast