The Partnership Update - Autumn 2007

Looking forward

17-20 October 2007, Women Deliver Conference

We hope to see many of you at the Women Deliver Conference from 17-20 October 2007 in London, England. The Partnership is a co-sponsor of Women Deliver and looks forward to all partners working for maternal and newborn health will witness an increased momentum for political commitment and mobilization at this auspicious conference marking the 20 years of the global Safe Motherhood movement. We are keen to meet many of our members at the conference and share your work. As well, there are a number of key sessions organized by The Partnership secretariat which we would like to highlight to you:

  • Thursday 18 October, 0900 H
    Opening Plenary: closing remarks: Director, Dr Songane
  • Thursday 18 October, 11-1400 H
    Dr Songane, Co-chairing the Ministers' Forum.
  • Thursday18 October 18, 16:45-17:15
    Speakers' corner: "Towards a global business plan for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health".
  • Friday 19 October, 11-1400 H
    Dr Songane, co-chairing the Ministers' Forum.
  • Friday 19 October, 1400-1600 H
    Panel on Political Will and Advocacy: “Where do we go from here”, moderated by Deputy Director, Dr Bustreo.
  • Saturday 20 October 11, 1230 H
    Advocacy Skills-building workshop: “Advocacy for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health”, organized by The Partnership.
  • Saturday 20 October, Morning Plenary
    “The Future is Now”, with comments by The Partnership chair, Kul Gautam.
  • Do we invite members to any reception????
  • The Partnership Booth
    Come and visit us in the Exhibition Hall: Booth 110.
  • What about the Art for Health?

We hope to see you all The Partnership- Deliver Now booth at Women Deliver!

BBC Video on Teen pregnancy- watch on 19 October 2007

The Partnership, Making Pregnancy Safer and Reproductive Health and Research Departments of WHO jointly commissioned Rockhopper TV to produce the documentary "Teenage Pregnancy and Newborns" as a part of its "Survival's Guide for Girls" series for BBC World. Through two young mothers' stories from Indian and the United Kingdom, the documentary will highlight differences in maternal and newborn health services. The film is to be aired on BBC World on the second day of the Women Deliver Conference - 19 October. Watch the BBC World Schedule for times.

April 2008, Countdown to 2015

The Countdown to 2015 is an effort to increase accountability for progress in MNCH. The international event first held in December 2005 in London. Partners such as WHO, UNICEF, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Lancet, USAID, Save the Children USA & UK, BASICS by USAID, DFID UK, World Bank, and IPA organized the conference and report launch "Tracking Progress in Child Survival - Countdown to 2015" which set the commitment to continue the initiative until the MDG timeline 2015.

The scope of the effort will include the tracking of maternal and newborn health as well as child health, as in the first report. The first meeting of the core planning team for the second Countdown event is to take place from 9-10 October in Geneva. The Countdown meeting and report launch is tentatively scheduled to take place in April 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa.