29 November 2007, Atlanta/Geneva/New York/Washington - Measles deaths in Africa fell by 91% between 2000 and 2006, from an estimated 396 000 to 36 000, reaching the United Nations 2010 goal to cut measles deaths by 90% four years early. The progress was announced today by the founding partners of the Measles Initiative: the American Red Cross, UNICEF, the United Nations Foundation, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and WHO.
Partners meet to plan work in Asia and the Pacific
November 2007, Thailand - A meeting was held by partners involved in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) region of Asia and the Pacific. The group, the Coogee Beach Consultative Group (CBG), has met twice in the region, with its first meeting taking place at Coogee Beach, Australia in April 2007.
The objectives of this meeting included developing an operational strategy for improving MNCH in Asia and the Pacific as well as defining the objectives, modus operandi and future of the CGB.
Maternal mortality ratio falling too slowly to meet goal
12 October 2007, London/Geneva - The world’s maternal mortality ratio (the number of maternal deaths per 100 000 live births) is declining too slowly to meet Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, which aims to reduce the number of women who die in pregnancy and childbirth by three-quarters by 2015, say WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank.
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) puts women and children's health in the spotlight
4 October 2007, Geneva - The global drive to save the lives of women and children received a significant boost last week during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) held in New York. During the closing session, former President Bill Clinton announced that a total of US$1.25 billion in new funding has been committed to support maternal, child health and survival programmes.
UNFPA - Pop Star Lends Her Voice to Stop Maternal, Infant and Child Deaths
11 June 2007, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – When Stara Thomas’s parents christened her after her grandmother 29 years ago, they had no idea how prophetic that name would be. Today, Stara is a singing powerhouse known throughout Swahili-speaking Africa.
Jens Stoltenberg, Thoraya Obaid speak at the 60th World Health Assembly
15 May 2007, Geneva - Health ministers at the 60th World Health Assembly were urged to focus on reducing maternal, newborn and young child deaths by two members of The Partnership - the Prime Minister of Norway, the Rt. Hon. Jens Stoltenberg, and Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).