The Partnership Update - February 2008
Reflecting on 2007
2007 saw a number of significant events take place which moved the political global agenda forward for maternal, newborn and child health. Achievements include: increased high-level political attention to MNC health, partners working more closely together, constituencies becoming more fully integrated and a rise in civil society involvement in MNC health.
Increased high-level political attention and funding
Starting with the development of the Global Business Plan and the Global Campaign for the Health MDGs to the Deliver Now Campaign for Women + Children, a "Network of Global leaders" on MNC health, the International Health Partnership, the global conference Women Deliver and major announcements to support MNCH from Norway, the Netherlands and Britain in particular.
Partners are working more closely together
From the emergence of the "Health 8" Group in the UN system, an independent Technical Review of Costing Tools for the health MDGs to a new emphasis on support for one national health plan in developing countries and the inclusion of maternal and newborn health indicators in the critical tracking initiative for measuring progress: The Countdown to 2015 in MNC Survival.
Constituencies are more fully integrated
The concept of the continuum of care is now increasingly widely accepted by the global public health community as the foundation for maternal, newborn and child health policy and advocacy messages now more consistently integrate mothers and their newborn, shown in action at the Women Deliver conference in October 2007.
Civil society is taking up the cause for maternal and child health
The NGO community played a prominent leadership role in the October 2007 Women Deliver conference and other recent policy and advocacy venues;
New research findings were made available through a survey on NGO Advocacy Capacity and Messaging in six countries, carried out by Options Consultancy for The Partnership.