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Saving Every Woman Every Child: Within Arm's Reach

28 May 2014

The Canadian government has led the way to galvanize international support to reduce maternal and child mortality first through the 2010 Muskoka Initiative, where it provided $2.85 billion in funding between 2010 and 2015, and then by the leadership of Prime Minister Harper and President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania as chairs of the Commission on Information and Accountability, which aimed to bring more money for health and more health for the money and just recently with the highly successful Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach Summit, which provided renewed global momentum to advance maternal, newborn and child health as a global priority beyond 2015 and committed $3.5 billion to improve the health of mothers and children for the period of 2015-2020 .   

Over the course of the Summit, leaders and experts worked together to advance three priority themes: Getting Results for Women and Children: Summit participants highlighted the benefits of coordinated action and the successes achieved since 2010. Leaders and experts also pointed to the importance of  providing increased support for nutrition through key partners such as the Micronutrient Initiative, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization and UNICEF. In addition, Summit participants welcomed the announcement that Germany would host the GAVI replenishment meeting in 2015 and called on all partners to increase their support to the GAVI Alliance.   

Doing More Together Globally: Summit participants also called for increased efforts to work together. They also called for more timely, reliable, accurate and accessible health information as a critical catalyst for greater accountability within national health systems. In addition, they agreed that a wider spectrum of expertise and resources are needed, including from traditional partners, local governments, the private sector, civil society and citizens.    Taking Real Action on Women’s and Children’s Health: Summit participants called on all partners to maintain progress and increase momentum on efforts to achieve United Nations Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 by the end of 2015. Summit discussions also made clear that ending  preventable deaths of women and children within a generation will mean carrying forward the lessons learned, including the need for political leadership, sustained financial commitments, robust accountability measures, and a renewed focus on the approaches that are proven to save the lives of women and children.    Participants welcomed Canada’s renewed commitment towards MNCH through 2015-2020 and called on other global donors to meet their commitments to women and children, leading up to and beyond 2015. Summit discussions also emphasized the need for common goals and for governments, international organizations, civil society, businesses and health leaders to ensure that ending preventable maternal, newborn and under-five child mortality by 2030 is a central priority within the post-2015 development agenda. 
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

23 May 2014

May 23rd is International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. The Campaign to End Fistula, launched by UNFPA and partners in 2003 is now present in 50 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Arab region. The GA calls on the international community to use the International Day to significantly raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending obstetric fistula. Click here to learn more.
World Economic Forum on East Asia 2014

21 May 2014

The World Economic Forum on East Asia 2014, taking place in the Philippines from May 21-23rd, will focus on leveraging growth for equitable progress. Click here to learn more. 
PGA High Level Event

20 May 2014

The PGA High Level Event on the contributions of South-South, North-South and triangular cooperation and information and communications technology for development will take place from May 20-21st in UN Headquarters. Click here to learn more. 
67th World Health Assembly

19 May 2014

The 67th World Health Assembly will take place in Geneva from May 19-24. The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO. It generally meets in Geneva in May each year, and is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States. Its main function is to determine the policies of the Organization. The Health Assembly appoints the Director-General, supervises the financial policies of the Organization, and reviews and approves the Proposed programme budget. It similarly considers reports of the Executive Board, which it instructs in regard to matters upon which further action, study, investigation or report may be required. Click here to learn more. 
International Day of the Midwife

5 May 2014

May 5 is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives. ICM established the idea of the 'International Day of the Midwife' following suggestions and discussion among Midwives Associations in the late 1980s, then launched the initiative formally in 1992. Click here to learn more. 
Core Group: Global Health Practitioner Conference

5 May 2014

Core Group: Global Health Practitioner Conference takes place from May 5-9th in Silver Spring, MD. Formerly known as CORE Group’s "Spring Meeting" the now Global Health Practitioner Conference is a semi-annual event that brings together implementers and thought leaders for skill building, networking and program learning. One of the most dynamic collaboration and learning platforms to collectively address implementation challenges, new solutions, and inequities in reaching Health for All in communities worldwide. Click here to learn more. 
Global Week of Action 2014

1 May 2014

World Vision’s Child Health Now campaign and partners will mobilize children and communities around the world from 1-8 May 2014. To learn more click here. To view the social media kit for the Global Week of Action’s click here.
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