Accelerating Progress in saving the Lives of Women and Children
The 2013 report for the Global Campaign for the Health Millennium Development Goals
Key highlights of the 2013 report
From the Overview:
We are pleased to report that [the Commission’s] recommendations have been enthusiastically received, and significant implementation efforts have already begun.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway
United States: Towards eliminating preventable deaths
For the United States, development and global health will continue to be a strategic, economic and moral imperative.
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Ethiopia: MDGs 4 and 5: towards eliminating preventable deaths
The Government of Ethiopia is committed to improving the health of its people, with particular emphasis on women and children.
Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
The World Bank: Closing the gap in women’s and children’s health
The Bank aims to achieve better health outcomes through policy and implementation advice, technical assistance and funding.
Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Vice President, Human Development Network, the World Bank
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: The way forward on family planning; building on the London Summit
We aim to demonstrate the approaches that generate the best results and then work with the government to scale them up for tens of millions of women.
Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The UK: The way forward on family planning; building on the London Summit
[Family planning] allows women to reach their full potential, giving them the chance to stay in school, start a business or get involved in their local communities. In short, family planning can help unlock incredible
resources and potential.
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Bayer HealthCare: Expanding access to affordable contraception for women and girls
We firmly believe that women, their families and their communities benefit significantly when they are guaranteed access to high-quality and effective contraception.
Jörg Reinhardt, CEO, Bayer HealthCare AG
MSD: Innovating to save women’s and children’s lives
MSD’s legacy of innovative science has led to medicines and vaccines that are helping save millions of lives.
Kenneth Frazier, Chairman and CEO, MSD
Malawi: Promoting positive behaviour change will help women and children
I launched the Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood soon after assuming office in April 2012.
Joyce Banda, State President of the Republic of Malawi
Indonesia: a continued effort to put commitments into action
Women’s and children’s health is now recognized as an essential pre-condition and foundation for achievement of various MDGs targets.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia
African Union Commission: Accelerating progress in saving the lives of women and children
We should not establish a vertical system and must, therefore, reach out and achieve the full support and buy-in of all AU Member States ... The AUC stands ready to facilitate the implementation of the key recommendations of the report.
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission
East African Community: Increased accountability and transparency will accelerate progress
We must do more with the resources and knowledge we have by increasing accountability and the efficiency of resources and by decreasing duplication of effort.
Richard Sezibera, Secretary-General, East African Community
Inter-Parliamentary Union: The role of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in addressing key challenges to securing the health of mothers and children
The IPU is mobilizing parliaments to create a global policy environment that strongly supports and promotes the adequate provision and accountable use of resources for women’s and children’s health.
Abdelwahad Radi, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union
World Vision International, IPPF, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and Save the Children: Civil society has many roles to play as we approach 2015
The world needs to intensify its efforts to end preventable maternal and child deaths, and ensure that we learn from examples of success. There is cause for cautious optimism.
Kevin Jenkins, President and CEO, World Vision International
Tewodros Melesse, Director-General, IPPF – International Planned Parenthood Federation
Theresa Shaver, President, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
Jasmine Whitbread, CEO, Save the Children
WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF: Joining forces for family planning and maternal, newborn and child health
The launching of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in 2010 prompted the commitment of more than US$ 43 billion for maternal, newborn and child health and created a framework for action to accelerate survival gains.
The H4+ also strongly focuses on human resources for maternal, newborn and child health, in particular within the midwifery workforce.
Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO
Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA
Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
GAVI: The fully immunized child is our new objective
Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions in human history.
Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer, GAVI
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Investing for impact across a range of interventions
It makes sense to support health programmes that cover a range of interventions for women and children across the continuum of pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth and infant and child care.
Mark Dybul, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
UNITAID: Shaping markets for women and children
The lack of paediatric HIV in wealthy countries meant there was little incentive for companies to develop child-friendly antiretrovirals.
Denis Broun, Executive Director, UNITAID
Canada: Delivering results for women and children
I am proud that Canada chose, in 2010, to lead by making maternal, newborn and child health an urgent priority for the global development community.
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Tanzania: Accounting for commitments and results
We recognize that, even if we achieve MDG 4, the number of under-five deaths will still be unacceptably high – while progress towards MDG 5 for maternal health has been too slow.
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
The iERG: an innovation in accountability
If the value of the iERG can be proven to partners, perhaps the notion of independent accountability could be strengthened further in future arrangements for global health.
Richard Horton, Co-Chair, the independent Expert Review Group, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet