Monday, March 16, 2015
In a recent meeting, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said that the steady success of the movement titled ‘Every Woman Every Child’ could help it realise its mission to end preventable woman and child death within a generation. According to him, this global health initiative was responsible for saving the lives of some 2.4 million women and children since 2010.
The meeting was conducted to launch the report titled ‘Saving Lives, Protecting Futures’ which calls for building momentum in the developmental agenda for the last 5 years of the partnership. The partnership aims to eradicate maternal and under-five deaths that are preventable with simple and affordable health tools and strategies.
The fast growing partnership, this initiative is present in 49 countries, it has made incredible progress in the areas such as preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission, increasing availability of oral rehydration therapy for treating infant diarrhoea, promoting exclusive breastfeeding and supporting post-natal care for women. The partnership has also beneficially impacted professional maternity care, family planning, childhood vaccinations, and prenatal care in these countries.
The ‘Every Woman Every Child’ tackled 400 commitments with the help of over 300 global partners which included governments, foundations, business, civil societies and low-income countries themselves. Such collective efforts also yielded in assembling an unprecedented level of resources for woman and child health. In view of improving the program, numerous research projects for woman and child health have been initiated since 2010.
The program has been possible largely due to unprecedented amount of resources amounting to close to $60 billion committed by the partners of the global movement mobilized for women’s and children health.
“As we look ahead to the next development agenda, we know that it will require us to raise our level of ambition and scale and this will demand that all sectors play their part, especially in partnerships,” said Amina Mohammed, the Special Advisor on post-2015 development planning, in the Economic and Social Council. Such movements which can strengthen high-level political commitment, mobilize resources, focus attention, consolidate efforts and bring people together to produce global results are indeed the need of the hour
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