Powerful synergies across different sectors improve health of poor women and children

16 SEPTEMBER 2014 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

Introduction

As a follow up to the launch of the 10 Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health country highlights at the Partners’ Forum in June 2014, PMNCH has published a series of findings from research across 142 countries, which answer the question why some countries achieved faster reductions of maternal and child mortality compared to other low and middle income countries.

The series’ findings are published in scientific journals including The Lancet Global Health and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

The release of this new research is being supported by a global press campaign, which has been well received, with stories picked up by the Associated Press, The Guardian and a number of other media outlets. The 10 “fast-track” countries highlighted in the Success Factors studies will also run national press campaigns, telling their own stories of how strategies tailored to their country context, strengths and challenges have led to success in protecting the health of women, children and newborns.

In the coming months, each of the “10 fast-track” countries will publish a full report on success factors contributing to country progress on the health of women and children. First among these comes from Rwanda, where the Ministry of Health together with stakeholders from the health sector and sectors outside health, has documented how the country has made significant progress in improving the health of women and children, focusing on policy and programme management practices. The country report “Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health: Rwanda” is now available online.