Achieving MDGs 4 & 5: helping women and children survive

Addis Ababa
7 October 2005

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health hosted a roundtable discussion in Addis Ababa, on October 7 2005 to share information about its activities and to highlight opportunities to accelerate maternal, newborn and child survival in Africa. The event built on three major regional meetings organized by the WHO Regional Office for Africa in collaboration with partners: the Fourth Regional Reproductive Health Task Force Meeting (October 3-6), the Special Session on Newborn Health (October 7-8) and the Regional Child Survival Consultation Meeting (October 10-13).

The Partnership’s roundtable, Achieving MDGs 4 & 5: Helping Women and Children Survive, was attended by more than 100 representatives of national governments, UN agencies, NGOs, bilateral agencies, professional associations and academic institutions.

Speakers included: Dr Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Health, Ethiopia; Dr Doyin Oluwole of the WHO Regional Office for Africa; Petra ten Hoope-Bender of the Partnership; Anne Tinker of Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children USA; and Dr Björn Ljungqvist of UNICEF Ethiopia.

The Government of Ethiopia, co-chair of the Partnership Steering Committee, has taken a leadership role in developing a national partnership to support the design and financing of an innovative package of community-based health promotion interventions and preventive healthcare to reach the 95% of women and children currently not accessing health services

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