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Remarkable progress has been made in accelerating the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and 2014 has been a milestone year in keeping women’s and children’s health on the top of the development agenda. Now in its fourth year, the Every Woman Every Child movement has grown to include over 400 commitments, from over 300 partners, and has disbursed more than $27 billion, which is making a difference on the ground.
The month of November marked an important moment for the future of women’s and children’s health and the Every Woman Every Child movement.
The opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York at the end of September marked a key opportunity for the wide range of partners of the Every Woman Every Child movement to come together and celebrate progress and ensure that the health, rights and well-being of women and children remain a priority for the last year of the MDG and going into the post-2015 agenda.
On August 18, Malala Yousafzai joined the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters in New York to mark the 500 days of action to build a better world before we reach the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals.
In the last decade 58 million girls in developing countries, 1 in 3, have been married before they were 18, and 1 in 9 girls have been forced into marriage between the ages of 10 and 15. These girls are at far greater risk of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, becoming infected with HIV and suffering domestic violence.
In support of Every Woman Every Child, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the governments of Ethiopia and India, in collaboration with UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, came together for a high-level forum, Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths, to celebrate the progress, assess the challenges that remain and identify the steps needed to sustain momentum in the future.
Launched this month, #Commit2Deliver is an advocacy platform to showcase results, accelerate action, and ensure accountability among new and existing commitment makers of the Every Woman Every Child movement.
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) aims to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.In the last two years, the global UHC movement has gained momentum. Today, more than 30 middle-income countries are implementing programs that should pave the path towards UHC, and many more low-and middle-income countries are considering launching similar programs.
Celebrated annually on 8 March, this year International Women’s Day was commemorated at UN Headquarters on the eve of the 58th Commission on the Status of Women.
“Gender Equality and Adolescent Girls’ Health: A Post-2015 Framework for Action”, hosted by the Government of Indonesia, and co-organized by Girls not Brides, IFMSA , NCD Alliance, PMNCH, UN Foundation, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, World Vision International, World YWCA, and WHO, and in support of Every Woman Every Child, took place on February 4th at UN Headquarters.
On January 13th, the international community celebrated a major global health milestone: three years have passed since India’s last case of wild polio.