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  • Indonesia

    Indonesia will ensure all deliveries will be performed by skilled birth attendants by 2015. This universal access intervention is aimed at reducing the maternal mortality ratio from 228 per 100.000 live births in 2007 to 102 per 100.000 live births in 2015.                Read More
  • (RED)

    (Red) commits to driving corporate sector engagement in the fight for an AIDS Free Generation by 2015. (Red) currently support Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants in six African countries: Ghana, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Read More
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(RED) commits to driving corporate sector engagement in the fight for an AIDS Free Generation by 2015. (RED) currently supports Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants in six African countries: Ghana, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia. 100% of all (RED) contributions to the Global Fund goes to the implementation of these grants – no overhead is taken out. These grants fund vital public health services, including HIV/AIDS awareness building, education and life-skills, nutrition, HIV testing and counseling, anti-retroviral treatment and treatment for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Watch the video below to learn how you can join the fight for an AIDS Free Generation.


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34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund

As always, 34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund will continue to urge grassroots support (with one dollar or more) for the United Nations Population Fund both in the USA and abroad. UNFPA is at the very core of MDGs 3, 4, and 5 and thus at the very core of the Global Strategy. The ultimate vision of 34 Million Friends is to educate US citizens and the world at large about the centrality of gender equality in all realms but particularly in the areas of education and health to any hope for people and the planet. Between now and November 15, co-founder Jane Roberts will be giving over 20 talks on the subject of "Women Population and the Millennium Development Goals" to university and civic groups. This campaign has garnered over US $4.2 million and 34 Million Friends send a check to UNFPA every quarter.

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A. K. Khan Healthcare Trust

The A. K. Khan Healthcare Trust has committed to Every Woman Every Child to expand and replicate its collaborative program with the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston to provide cervical cancer screening, early detection, awareness-raising activities and treatment in underserved settings on a large scale throughout the country over the next five years. AKHT’s current program began in 2010, and more than 30,000 women are expected to be screened in the next year.

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Abdul Monem Limited

Abdul Monem Limited commits to raise awareness of malnutrition and provide free vitamins. Partnering with the Nutrition Department of Dhaka University, AML plans to reach 50,000 poor and needy mothers (both pregnant and lactating) in the next five years through its nutrition awareness program. AML also pledges to provide eight types of vitamins free of cost to 50,000 pregnant mothers in the next five years.

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Accessories Council

Within the umbrella of Fashion 4 Development, the Accessories Council commits to broker partnerships among Council’s participants and local designers and producers in developing countries, and to support viable and sustainable distribution of fashion products from developing countries through the Council’s members. The Accessories Council includes 160 fashion brands, retailers, wholesalers and fashion support agencies. The Council also commits to raise awareness among members on the health and education needs in developing countries that can be met through sustainable engagement and active partnerships with local designers and producers, to promote women’s empowerment and their health, in support of Every Woman Every Child.

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Action for Global Health

In collaboration with other networks and organisations, Action for Global Health (AfGH) commits to track the amount of Official Development Assistance that is allocated to health, including maternal and child health, by European donors. AfGH will advocate for more and better aid to the health sector to increase universal access to healthcare, particularly for women, girls and children, who face key barriers in achieving their sexual and reproductive health and rights and the right to health because of user fees, a shortage of health workers and reproductive health supplies, and a lack of access to comprehensive sexual education or an enabling environment.


2012—London Family Planning Summit
ActionAid commits to promoting a transformative understanding of the sexual and reproductive health of women as central to development and poverty reduction. ActionAid will promote a discourse that reflects the importance of women’s sexual health, sexuality and control over their bodies, to eradicating violence against women and women’s social, economic and political exclusion. With the goal of fulfilling its commitments by 2017, ActionAid pledges to organize women and girls in rural areas to challenge and reject gender-based violence that denies them control over their bodies; secure improvements in the quality, equity and gender responsiveness of public services, including reproductive health services; support women to build and advocate gender-responsive economic alternatives at all levels; convince governments and influential agencies that violence against women is a pivotal barrier to gender equality; and convince governments to enact policies, programs and legislative frameworks to guarantee women full enjoyment of their rights, including the right to sexual and reproductive health.

Advance Family Planning

2012—London Family Planning Summit

With its many partners, Advance Family Planning will persuade policy-makers to honor their London Summit on Family Planning commitments and, in general, seek increased political commitment and funding from public and private sources for family planning at the global, regional, country and local levels.


Afghanistan will increase public spending on health from $10.92 to at least $15 per capita by 2020. Afghanistan will increase the proportion of deliveries assisted by a skilled professional from 24% to 75% through strategies such as increasing the number of midwives from 2400 to 4556 and increasing the proportion of women with access to emergency obstetric care to 80%. Afghanistan will also improve access to health services - strengthening outreach, home visits, mobile health teams, and local health facilities. Afghanistan will increase the use of contraception from 15% to 60%, the coverage of childhood immunization programs to 95%, and universalize Integrated Management of Childhood Illness.

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Africa Coalition on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

The Africa MNCH Coalition commits to innovative and targeted advocacy over the next four years towards: improved domestic resources, budgeting and policy; political commitments, monitoring, accountability; and innovative partnerships. Advocacy will focus on both the health sector and on social determinant sectors which impact strongly on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), but which are not covered by health sector budgeting and policy. These include clean water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition and food security, gender equality, and improved civil registration. The Africa MNCH Coalition also commits to strengthening advocacy for specific proven interventions such as immunization and human resources for health. The Africa MNCH Coalition further commits that all our advocacy efforts will include the millions of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, especially vulnerable women and children, whose plight is a blight on the progress of the African continent. This new approach emphasizing improved policy and budgeting in key social determinant sectors is based on the landmark August 2011 Africa Integrated MNCH Advocacy Strategy, developed with the African Union Commission and a cross-section of partners. The Strategy integrates cross cutting- issues impacting MNCH, and importantly includes both alignment of the Global Strategy for Women and Children's Health with African MNCH Frameworks for more effective and integrated implementation at continental and country-level, and promotion of African ownership and accountability.

African Medical and Research Foundation

The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), in partnership with its donors and sponsors, will be investing an additional US $20 million per year in maternal and child health programmes, in 20 countries in Africa, including the training of 600 new midwives annually, retraining of 5,000 existing midwives to update their skills in saving lives of mothers and newborns, and up to 10,000 community health workers to help families provide care to mothers and children at home, and link effectively with health facilities when needed. This new commitment also includes considerable expansion of service delivery in direct community interventions. All this will enable AMREF to reach an additional 0.5 million women of reproductive age and 1.5 million children with health-enhancing interventions that will contribute to progress towards MDGs 4 and 5.

AIDS LIFE / Life Ball

AIDS LIFE, an Austrian independent non-profit organization, was founded in 1992 with the aim to raise funds for the much needed support of people who are HIV positive or living with AIDS. The annual Life Ball, one of the top European-based private HIV/AIDS funders, is the organization's main source of income. With the proceeds of the annual Life Ball, its side events and other activities, AIDS LIFE supports HIV and AIDS projects of selected partner organizations in Austria as well as in the most affected countries and regions all over the world.

Convinced that only a globally coordinated strategy will give us the opportunity to improve the health of women and children, and generate a change in the AIDS epidemic, AIDS LIFE commits to advance the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health through its platforms. In this regard, the AIDS Solidarity Gala within the Life Ball 2013 will be focusing on the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and on ensuring the well-being of mothers and children living with HIV and AIDS.

In 2012, AIDS LIFE committed almost USD 1.9 Million towards projects supporting women and children affected by HIV and AIDS. The projects are implemented by various partner organizations of AIDS LIFE/Life Ball, such as CHAI – The Clinton Health Access Initiative, amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research, Arms Around the Child, New Hope for Cambodian Children and UNODC. Each project focuses on a different side of the problem of women and children affected by HIV and AIDS, such as preventing mother-to-child transmission of the HI virus, care and treatment of AIDS orphans, gender-sensitive care for vulnerable women, advocacy for HIV positive children and care for sexually abused children.

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Akaa Project, Inc

The Akaa Project, Inc, active in the community of Akaa in the Yilo Kobo district of the Eastern region of Ghana, commits that by 2015, an international collaborative model for improving maternal, infant and child morbidity and mortality will be in place, with preventative efforts and improved health care delivery aimed toward reducing illness, preventing malnutrition and stunted growth. Teaching will reinforce health care protocols by the World Health Organization. The community will soon be drilling of a bore hole to minimize parasitic infection, reducing malnutrition and a host of other illnesses. Families within Akaa and its greater community will have access to high quality health care services by qualified health care providers or by capable health care workers trained to provide excellent care. High level midwifery skills will be available for prenatal care and to avert preventable complications. This model will require the active involvement of academic and health care institutions globally. Clinical experiences and mentorships will offer students experience in meeting the health care needs of mothers, infants and children. Efforts will be made to offer adolescent females academic and job opportunities to prevent risky lifestyles. Since this area is challenged by HIV infection, major efforts will be made toward preventing transmission, alleviating stigma, developing widespread screening and offering anti-retrovirals to forestall disease and enhance wellbeing. Also, by 2015, the majority of sexually active community members will have access to barrier methods of contraception. Funding sources for the above outcomes will be thoroughly explored.

Aman Foundation

2012—London Family Planning Summit

The Aman Foundation commits US $5 million over the next five years on a matching basis with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in additional funds for family planning programs and initiatives in Karachi, Pakistan. These funds are for the purpose of facilitating research in integrated family health service delivery and family planning programs that are strategic to increase the number of new family planning users through improved quality of services, introduction to new contraceptive methods, innovative service delivery interventions and demand generation. The Aman Foundation also commits to enhancing partnerships with local community-based organizations, the private sector and the public sector through an integrated community-based approach. The Aman Foundation will improve quality and effectiveness of family planning programs and services in the targeted project areas, and will help to increase women's and girls’ ability to make informed decisions and have access to the most appropriate family planning services and supplies.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a US-based not-for-profit membership organization of 62,000 pediatricians, and pediatric medical and surgical specialists. The AAP is dedicated to the health of all children, and has a long-standing commitment to child survival programs and to helping achieve the MDGs. The AAP commitment to Every Woman Every Child is through the delivery of training and technical assistance and through scale-up of the Helping Babies Breathe® (HBB) program. HBB is designed to ensure child survival and prevent birth asphyxia by strengthening the skills of birth attendants through use of a high quality evidence-based zero/low literacy practical educational program which teaches birth attendants in MDG countries how to care for newborns at birth. HBB focuses on the "Golden Minute®," the first minute after birth, during which time most babies with asphyxia will respond to simple interventions, including stimulation and low-technology room-air resuscitation. The AAP will expand and enhance implementation of HBB in collaboration with its partners, USAID, Save the Children, the National Institute for Health and Human Development, and Laerdal Global Health. AAP's efforts through HBB will reach more than 1 million children, their mothers, and families. The 2011 estimated contribution of this commitment is US $13 million.

2014-Every Newborn Action Plan
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) commits, over the next three years, to reach more than 60 countries and more than 1.5 million children, their mothers, and families through the launch of the Helping Babies Survive suite of newborn survival related curricula. The Helping Babies Survive (HBS) curricula are designed to ensure child survival and address preventable child deaths by strengthening the skills of birth attendants and caregivers throughout the newborn period. Through the use of high quality evidence- based zero/low literacy practical educational programs, Helping Babies Breathe® (HBB) is joined by Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) and Essential Care for the Small Baby (ECSB), helping an additional 100,000 babies survive and thrive. The AAP developed and is implementing HBS in collaboration with Survive and Thrive Global Development Alliance partners: USAID, Save the Children, the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Laerdal Global Health, Johnson & Johnson, and numerous others, including the pediatric associations of India, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. The 2014 estimated contribution of this commitment is USD $35 million. The AAP has a long-standing commitment to child survival programs and to helping achieve the MDGs. In 2011, the AAP commitment to Every Woman Every Child was to deliver training and technical assistance and to scale-up of the Helping Babies Breathe® (HBB) program.


Amnesty International

Amnesty International will advocate for equal and timely access to reproductive healthcare services for all women and girls and campaign for greater accountability for violations of reproductive health rights.

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Arogya World

Arogya World is pleased to be part of the Every Woman Every Child community, and commits to educating 10,000 middle school children (6-8 grades; 11-13 years old), over the next five years, in India, on diabetes (type 2) and it’s prevention with lifestyle changes. 

We will use our proven two-year Diabetes Awareness and Prevention program, with 10 age-appropriate compelling educational activities, and implement them with trained student leaders and teachers, in the school setting. Proof of concept has been previously established in a 2000 children pilot in urban India (Delhi) with partner Hriday, with demonstrable effectiveness in bringing about increased awareness and behavior change.  The program and materials have previously been adapted for rural South India with partner Agastya International Foundation.  Questionnaires, the implementation model, training materials, and student and teacher activity guides are all available and will be leveraged by Arogya World for this new Every Woman Every Child Commitment.

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

2012—Born Too Soon
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is a leader among U.S. nursing associations, representing more than 350,000 nurses in our specialty. AWHONN achieves its mission to promote the health of women and newborns through its evidence-based practice resources, legislative programs, research, and collaboration with organizations.

AWHONN’s Late Preterm Infant (LPI) Research-Based Practice Project (RBP), supported by Johnson & Johnson confirms our commitment to raise awareness of risks associated with late preterm birth, reduce complications, and improve care provided to this vulnerable population. Project outcomes include expanding the body of knowledge about LPI morbidity and increasing nurses’ knowledge and ability to provide appropriate care.  A comprehensive Implementation Tool Kit is in development that includes strategies to ensure effective nursing care for key clinical processes identified through the RBP project as pivotal to eliminating preventable LPI complications.



Australia supports the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health as a firm platform for putting the health needs of women and children back into the centre of the development agenda. Recognising the need for increased effort on women’s and children’s health, Australia will invest around US$1.5 billion (A$1.6 billion) over the five years to 2015 on interventions evidence shows will improve maternal and child health outcomes. These will include expanding access to family planning and vaccination services, and funding skilled health workers (including midwives), health facilities and supplies. Financial support committed in 2010 includes an additional US$79.5 million (A$85 million) for the Pacific and Papua New Guinea and US$131 million (A$140 million) for Eastern Africa. Australia’s strong focus on Indonesia, South Asia and effectively performing international organisations will also continue. [on current projections subject to annual budget processes]

2012—Born Too Soon

Australia will spend $1.6 billion over five years to 2015 under the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health to help give poor women and their babies the best chance of survival. A strong health system, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is needed to ensure women have healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries and access to services for their newborn babies. Working in partnership with national governments, Australia helps to strengthen health systems by improving service delivery and access to health clinics, training skilled health workers and ensuring reliable supplies of essential medicines, educating women on nutrition, prenatal and postnatal care, and providing quality emergency care if a delivery becomes complicated. Australia also supports efforts to prevent preterm births and improve the health of preterm babies through substantial core contributions to WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF; global initiatives such as the GAVI Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and civil society organisations.

2012—London Family Planning Summit

Australia commits to spending an additional AUD 58 million over five years on family planning, doubling annual contributions to AUD 53 million by 2016. This commitment will form a part of Australia’s broader investments in maternal, reproductive and child health (at least AUD 1.6 billion over five years to 2015). This commitment is subject to annual budget processes.

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ayzh, Inc.

2014- Every Newborn Action Plan 
ayzh Inc. commits to developing a “newborn kit” to provide innovative, affordable, and accessible new technology for women giving birth and to strengthen workforce capacity through mobile phone-based educational messages targeting healthcare workers. Building on the commercial success of the USD $2 Clean Birth Kit, over the course of the next 36 months, ayzh and its partners will build on existing concepts to develop a prototype that meets user needs and real-world constraints while adhering to norms and standards for respectful and culturally appropriate maternal and newborn care. ayzh Inc.’s initiative focuses on impacting several objectives of the Every Newborn Action Plan, such as strengthening and investing in care around time of birth, improving quality of care, reaching every newborn, and harnessing parent and community care. They aim to pilot 1,000 kits in the market, which will be evaluated to develop a final prototype ready for commercial launch.

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