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Invest. Influence. Innovate. Take-aways from PMNCH events at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference

PMNCH joined more than 3,000 organizations at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver, an event that brought together world leaders, private sector representatives, academics, journalists, civil society, and a very vocal contingent of young people determined to be heard. Along with partners, PMNCH hosted 14 concurrent sessions/events covering a range of topics vital to understanding and challenging some of the issues that hamper women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing. Over three jam-packed days, we were privileged to participate in frank discussions and debates, unearthing rich experiences and lessons learnt at the country level that will inform and shape our work in the coming months. Below are some of the key take-aways for partners who were unable to attend.

Helen Clark appointed Board Chair of PMNCH

Former New Zealand Prime Minister and first female United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Administrator Rt. Hon. Helen Clark has been appointed as Board Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) with effect as of 11 July 2019.  The appointment was officially confirmed at the PMNCH’s 23 rd Board meeting in The Hague today. A well-respected global leader and public figure, Clark champions women’s leadership and is a strong voice on sustainable development, climate action, gender equality, peace and justice, and action on non-communicable diseases and HIV. She serves on several advisory boards and commissions, including in the capacity of Chair of the Advisory Board of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report. In June 2019, she assumed the Chairpersonship of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Clark proactively supports the health and rights of girls and women in the board of the advocacy organization Women Deliver and co-chairs The Lancet-WHO-UNICEF Commission on Child Health and Wellbeing.

Adolescent health and well-being webinar series

Building the capacity of young people is critical to realizing the promise of the Sustaining Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Adolescents and young people are uniquely positioned to be effective advocates to hold their governments accountable for the delivery of promises, policies and programs that affect their lives. Now, more than any other time, young people have an opportunity to make sure every adolescent gets counted; and take action to advocate for adolescent health and well-being. PMNCH in collaboration with key partners, will host a series of webinars with youth-led organizations and other interested stakeholders, to share learnings and best practices around key areas identified by the Adolescent and Youth Constituency.

Health and technology: what do young people think?

Although people between 15 and 30 years old make up nearly a quarter of the world’s total population, the international community dedicates less than 2% of global development assistance for health toward young people. As digital natives young people bring a unique perspective to global discussions and can provide valuable contributions.

PMNCH events at the 74th UN General Assembly

In the run-up to the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage(UHC) on 23 September 2019, the message must be loud and clear: women, children and adolescents (and their health) are essential to achieving the UHC-related Sustainable Development Goal targets. Beyond the High-Level Meeting, it is vital to ensure that UHC policies and programmes prioritize gender equality and women, children and adolescent health interventions, as well as identify the best ways to meet their specific needs. Throughout the UN General Assembly week, PMNCH and partner events will continue to address what women, children and adolescents in UHC requires, including key policies, financing, multistakeholder collaboration and accountability.

PMNCH 2018 Annual Report

Publisher/Organizer: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Publication date: May 2019 Number of pages: 43 Language: En In April 2018, following the successful global kick-off event announcing that the Partners’ Forum would take place in New Delhi in December, amazing artists from Pipli (a village in India) began hand-stitching hundreds of conference bags, banners and posters to be displayed and distributed at the main event. The banners adorned the walls, their distinctive appliqué style adding vibrant colour and energy. I had the pleasure of meeting these artists, women who had carefully sewn every image, every letter, every rivet onto the banners and to the bags we gave to more than 1,600 participants who joined us in New Delhi. Each bag depicted one of the six focus areas of the Every Woman Every Child movement, representing the hopes and aspirations of women, children and adolescents, everywhere. Many of you took a bag home, and whichever theme you carry as you go about your daily lives, I hope it is an inspiration to you to play your part in making our shared vision come true.

A call to action: SRHR an essential element to achieving universal health coverage

The Call to Action, called “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: An essential element to achieving universal health coverage,” is being developed in the lead-up to the High Level Meeting on UHC at the 2019 UN General Assembly.

PMNCH 2016 Annual Report

Publisher/Organizer: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Publication date: May 2017 Number of pages: 36 Language: En We are thrilled by this growth, as we believe that achieving the SDGs is heavily dependent on our partners working together in stronger alignment, within the Every Woman Every Child architecture, and throughout the continuum of care, for the good of the most vulnerable among us. In addition, we set about strengthening our governance structure to ensure inclusive governance and decision-making, and coordinated action among partners. We also explored new ways to publicize evidence for action at each life stage, launching a new knowledge summary on adolescent health and hosting several events and webinars presenting key findings from various Lancet series launched in 2016.

PMNCH 2017 Annual Report

Publisher/Organizer: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Publication date: May 2018 Number of pages: 36 Language: En PMNCH is dedicated to achieving this vision by supporting countries in the implementation of their national plans and by accelerating progress to achieve the targets of the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and the SDGs. In 2017, our partners identified six areas requiring more focused attention and better aligned multistakeholder action: early childhood development; adolescent health and well-being; quality, equity and dignity in services; sexual and reproductive health and rights; empowerment of women, girls and communities; and humanitarian and fragile settings.

PMNCH Progress Report 2015

Publisher/Organizer: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Publication date: February 2016 Number of pages: 68 Language: En 2015 was a landmark year for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and for the SRMNCAH community. In September - the same month that the Partnership observed the 10th anniversary of its creation in 2005 to accelerate action on MDG 4 and 5 - the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that established global development priorities for the next 15 years. SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) includes new targets for reducing maternal, newborn, under-five mortality and sexual and reproductive health. Other SDGs address issues of critical importance to the SRMNCAH community, including education, gender equality, sexual and reproductive rights, nutrition, governance and accountability, and continued efforts to strengthen development partnerships.

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