Launching of a Global Campaign for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health


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The Prime Minister of Norway, Mr Jens Stoltenberg, launched his MDG 4 Initiative for Child Survival in New York in September 2006. That initiative has grown to include maternal health and MDG 5, with several other donors and governments joining under the umbrella of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. In January 2007, a technical meeting took place in London with WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, the Health Metrics Network, academic institutions, the government of Norway and PMNCH to review the background papers with a second meeting in Oslo in March which further defined the GBP for MDGs 4 & 5.

The GBP for MDGs 4 & 5 was first presented to all Partners in the Partnership at the Tanzania Partners' Forum April 2007 and Norwegian Prime Minister's keynote address at the World Health Assembly also mentioned the initiative.

A concept paper on which the Plan will be based - Draft Concept Paper, The GBP for MDGs 4 & 5 - has been developed. The comments and suggestions received from the UN system (UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA etc.), the World Bank, individual countries, professional organizations, NGOs and others will be taken into consideration when the Plan is developed in detail.

A Consultation on the GBP for MDGs 4 & 5 took place in Geneva, 2-3 July 2007. The purpose of the meeting was to agree on the pillars of the GBP for MDGs 4 & 5 based on input from colleagues from countries on the Draft Concept Paper, The GBP for MDGs 4 & 5. Colleagues took part from the Governments of Bangladesh, Bolivia, Chile, Ethiopia, Great Britain, Mozambique, Norway, Pakistan, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States as well as from Family Care International, Ifakara Health Research & Development Centre, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Research, the Gates Foundation, GAVI Alliance, WHO, World Bank, UNFPA and UNICEF. Comments from the members are welcome and should be sent to pmnch@who.int by 23 July 2007.

The Plan will be launched in New York City on September 26 during the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

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