The Partnership Update - April 2008


Global call to action, Cape Town 19 April 2008

A "Global Call to G8 Leaders and other donors to champion maternal, newborn and child health" was launched in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday 19 April 2008, at the conclusion of the Countdown to 2015 conference. This call to action, developed in consultation with the Advocacy Working Group and Partnership community, contains three specific "asks" of the G8 leaders:

  • Fulfil prior G8 commitments to global health and increased ODA with a view to ensuring long-term, predictable financing for strengthened health systems to deliver essential services to women, newborn and children; (An additional $US 10.2 billion is needed yearly to ensure universal coverage of maternal, newborn and child health interventions to achieve MDGs 4 and 5. This figure combines the external donor and domestic resources needed, beyond current expenditures.)
  • Support dramatic scale-up of high-impact interventions needed to reach MDGs 4 and 5;
  • Commit to harmonize and align global health initiatives and to ensure meaningful implementation of the 2005 Paris Declaration in the health sector, including support for a single plan led by governments but inclusive of civil society and private sector.

Please share the G8 Call to Action as widely as possible with a view to making our voices heard, notably in G8 countries which are preparing for the July 2008 Hokkaido Summit in Japan. We welcome your inputs regarding how to achieve maximum visibility and impact. Send your comments to Ruth Landy, Senior Adviser Advocacy,

Deliver Now for Women + Children Country Launches

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 22 April 2008

President Kikwete and Prime Minister Stoltenberg unveil the new country logo for Deliver Now for Women and Children in Tanzania
Photo WHO

The global advocacy campaign "Deliver Now for Women + Children” has been launched at the country level in India and Tanzania. In both countries, advocacy programmes have been developed which target the specific MNCH advocacy needs of that country.

In Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian President Jakaya M. Kikwete and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg jointly unveiled the locally-adapted logo and launched Tanzania's Deliver Now Campaign.

Led by the White Ribbon Alliance - Tanzania with support of the Partnership, the Deliver Now for Women + Children Campaign is the advocacy arm of Tanzania's new and unified "One Strategic Roadmap for the Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths. The campaign aims to build capacity of civil society groups and health professionals and will launch a major national media campaign to promote health-seeking behaviours.

Delhi, India 11 April 2008

Deliver Now Campaign launch - India
Photo: WRA, India

In India, Deliver Now through the partner, White Ribbon Alliance, has started public hearings in Orissa where women and communities will voice their demands. “This campaign will aim at creating political will required to stop these needless deaths in our country,” said Dr. Aparajita Gogoi, National Coordinator of WRAI.