Since 2010, Every Woman Every Child has mobilized hundreds of partners for maximum effect, with more than 300 organizations having made commitments to advance the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. All partners have an important role to play: governments and policymakers, donor countries and philanthropic institutions, the United Nations and other multilateral organizations, civil society, the business community, health workers and their professional associations, and academic and research institutions.
Those interested can contribute to the Every Woman Every Child movement by making a commitment that helps to fulfill the aims of the Global Strategy – and achieve better health for women, children and adolescents around the world. To make a commitment, click here.
Choose from the menu at the right to explore commitments made to date in support of Every Woman Every Child. We have already seen remarkable progress—funding has been increased and US$ 34.2 billion of all committed funds has been disbursed as of May 2014, numerous commitments have been implemented and enhanced, new partners have come on board, policies improved and services strengthened on the ground.
WHAT KINDS OF COMMITMENTS WERE MADE
TO THE PREVIOUS GLOBAL STRATEGY?
Below are examples of commitments, which are by no means exhaustive, made from a variety of sectors, in the financial, policy and service delivery categories.
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) has produced annual reports analyzing commitments to the Global Strategy since its launch in 2010. Click here to see the reports produced to date. The nature of PMNCH reporting will be adapted to the ongoing requirements.
Financial commitments can be aimed at mobilizing domestic resources, or at supporting governments and other key actors in a country to implement plans to improve the health of women and children. For example:
|Type of Commitment
|Scaling-up programming; e.g., expanding and enhancing successful women’s and children’s health public or private programs in countries; or taking innovative pilot programs to scale
||CARE committed $1.8 billion over 5 years to expand successful maternal, newborn and child health programs, with a focus on empowering girls and women to increase gender equity, linking health systems and communities in systems of mutual accountability, and using innovative approaches to reach the most vulnerable populations. By expanding its maternal health programs into at least 10 additional countries—a 50 percent increase—and by scaling-up programs in countries where it currently operates, CARE aimed to aid more than 30 million women of reproductive age by the 2015 Millennium Development Goals deadline.
Policy commitments can help develop appropriate processes and support advocacy to ensure women’s and children’s rights and access to health. For example:
|Type of Commitment
|Issue and policy advocacy; e.g., Engaging and contributing to advocacy campaigns and becoming a partner in an existing initiative to encourage the adoption of a Health Bill or to increase government spending on health; creating a new advocacy campaign that seeks to eradicate child marriage or improve use of health services by pregnant women; providing high-level spokespersons to amplify advocacy messages
||The Body Shop committed over $2.25 million for their initiative, 'Stop the Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People', developed in partnership with ECPAT International, and launched in 60 countries. The Body Shop launched in December 2010 the first of 3 annual campaigns in partnership with UNAIDS.
Amnesty International pledged to 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.
|Political mobilization; e.g., advocating at the highest political levels to ensure women and children stay at the center of development, are prioritized in national programmes and resource allocation
||Partners in Population and Development committed to using diplomatic opportunities in the General Assembly, UN Agencies in Geneva and UN ESCAP through its diplomatic presence in promoting the goals of Every Woman Every Child.
Service and Delivery Commitments
Service and delivery commitments can ensure that women and children have access to life-saving prevention, treatment and care when and where they need it and support health systems strengthening. For example:
|Type of Commitment
|Education and Training; e.g., pledging to strengthen the training of health professionals (midwives, clinical officers, health extension workers, etc.) by supporting pre-service education or continuous professional development (CPD) through the provision of health tutors and teaching materials in harmony with national health plans OR e.g., supporting the provision of health training tutors to expand the training capacity of health training institutions; providing supply chain management advice for hospitals and centres; or secondment of high-level advisors in the ministries of health, development and social welfare
||John Snow, Inc. (JSI) committed through the Hand to Hand Campaign to supporting the availability of contraceptives in low-income countries through the provision of supply chain management technical assistance and training for national, regional, and global programs; to collecting accurate, timely information about the status of supplies, program requirements, and supply chain operations in over 20 countries, and sharing that information widely with stakeholders
|Direct provision of products and services; e.g., supporting programs where health professionals support the delivery of services; donating medicines, vaccines, and health supplies following the WHO donation guidelines, where it is requested and where there is absorptive capacity; donating airtime for public service announcements
||GSK committed to increase support for the WHO strategy to improve children's health with a 5-year commitment to expand donations of albendazole medicine to 1 billion doses each year, an increase of 600 million doses each year.
|Research; e.g., researching and developing new drugs; developing effective health information management systems; or researching the impact of different initiatives to improve the health of women and children
||Johnson & Johnson committed to researching and developing a drug for tuberculosis with a new mechanism of action in 40 years, antiretrovirals to treat HIV and potentially prevent HIV transmission from pregnant women to their infants, as well as new technologies that may, in the future, prevent the transmission of HIV between adults.
|Innovation for RMNCH; e.g., utilizing up to date technology to increase local access to care; improve the quality of health care services; or ensure effective management of the health care system
||Infosys pledged to institute an Innovation Co-creation Lab to explore ways that technology can be used to solve critical maternal and child health challenges. The Innovation Co-creation Lab aimed to facilitate the convergence of the initiative’s task force members onto a common platform and drive joint innovation to develop affordable healthcare solutions.