Executive Director’s blog

February 2012

Carole Presern, Director PMNCH

461 members and going strong

“It is a pleasure to welcome 21 new members of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), bringing our total to 461 members — up from 305 members in January 2010, an increase of more than 50%. The new members come from the private sector, the academic community and the NGO sector. We are especially pleased to see steady growth of our private sector constituency, which is currently in the process of nominating a representative to our board.

“Our new members join at an exciting time. This year has started off with immense opportunity for advancingour cause. PMNCH has started acting on the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health by supporting a series of regional technical meetings convened by WHO bringing together government officials, UN specialists, parliamentarians and CSOs to discuss the creation of country-level accountability roadmaps. PMNCH has hosted the first meeting of its new Task Team on financing for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, which met in London in early February. The Task Team will submit a report to the PMNCH board with recommendations on options for how to strengthen the global financing architecture which will be discussed at the next PMNCH board meeting in May in New York, hosted by UNFPA.

“We are also pleased to be engaging with DFID/BMGF through the stakeholder group chaired by UNFPA on the Family Planning moment for 11 July 2012. We are keen to see significant progress in choices for women about their reproductive lives, and also to see that whatever works for family planning in terms of mechanisms could also be later adapted for other uncovered interventions along the ‘continuum of care’.

“PMNCH also continued to develop its work with the private sector. In January PMNCH and partners cohosted two events with business leaders during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to strengthen engagement of the private sector and help develop a private sector engagement guide in support of the Every Woman Every Child effort , part of the work of the Innovation Working Group (IWG) of the Global Strategy. Co-chaired by Johnson&Johnson and Norway, the IWG explores and supports innovations for women’s and children’s health and has been hosted at the PMNCH Secretariat since January 2012.

“In the coming month, women’s and children’s health will be under the spotlight in Kampala, Uganda at two key events: at the spring 126th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and at the African Regional Consultation on Achieving MDG 5, co-organized by Women Deliver and Partners in Population and Development. At the IPU Assembly, hundreds of parliamentarians from around the world will debate a new resolution supporting Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 and addressing the role of parliamentarians in child and maternal mortality. PMNCH together with Countdown to 2015 have been close allies of the IPU over the past four years, and applauds the work of the IPU’s member parliaments in bringing forward this historic resolution, led by the fine work of MPs and senators from Canada, Uganda and India.”

Taken from the PMNCH February 2012 EBlast