G8 Watch 2012
18-19 MAY 2012, CAMP DAVID, United States of America
Pre-G8: Ministers re MNCH
23 APRIL 2012 – Improving maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries remains an important agenda item for G8 countries as their leaders prepare to meet at Camp David in Maryland, USA in May 2012. This was reaffirmed by G8 Foreign Ministers at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 11-12, 2012, where they convened to exchange views and coordinate actions on a range of country-specific, regional, and transnational issues that impact global peace and security, including global health. Below is an excerpt from the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting Chair's Statement that was released following this meeting:
“The G8 reaffirms its commitment to implementing the Muskoka Initiative and to global efforts to improve maternal, newborn, and child health in developing countries by delivering comprehensive interventions, including at the community level, across the continuum of care. We will also support major international efforts to reduce early childhood deaths and generate the leadership and resources needed to increase access to family planning to enable women to choose whether, when, and how many children they have. We urge accountability and action addressing key needs.”
PMNCH and three other global health partnerships, including the GAVI Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, wrote a joint letter to G8 leaders last month. The letter urged continued attention to RMNCH, including greater accountability for implementation of the Muskoka Initiative (please find link to information on Muskoka Intiative on the right).