Measles Deaths Reach Record Lows With Fragile Gains Toward Global Elimination

10 February 2014

New mortality estimates from WHO show that annual measles deaths have reached historic lows, dropping 78% from more than 562 000 in 2000 to 122 000 in 2012. During this time period, an estimated 13.8 million deaths have been prevented by measles vaccination. Despite the impressive gains made, progress towards measles elimination remains uneven with some populations still unprotected. Read the note for media on measles.
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

06 February 2014

February 6th is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. To draw awareness to the issue, UNFPA is hosting a Twitter chat on the 6th at 11 a.m. EST with with Nafy Diop, Senior Adviser and Coordinator, UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Program on FGM/C. To view UNFPA’s social media kit click here and follow #endFGM to join the conversation on twitter.
To view  UNFPA's Executive Director Dr. Osotimehin's statement click here
Gender Equality and Adolescent Girls' Health: A Post-2015 Framework for Action

05 February 2014

“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 4 at UN Headquarters. Click here for a summary of the event.
UN-NGLS: The 2015 Post

04 February 2014

UN-NGLS has just released Issue #3 of the 2015 Post. The January issue includes a new, interactive format, as well as articles on the seventh session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals; new resources; interviews with civil society and UN staff; and a list of upcoming post-2015 events.

To access Issue #3 of The 2015 Post, please click here.
India Commits US$ 4 million to GAVI Alliance Vaccine Programs

31 January 2014

The GAVI Alliance today welcomed the announcement by the Government of India of its commitment to contribute US$ 4 million to support the GAVI Alliance in its mission of immunising children against life-threatening diseases. The contribution, which will be spread over four years as part of the Government of India’s 12th Five Year Plan, marks a milestone in the relationship between India and the GAVI Alliance. Click here to learn more. 
RMNCH funding opportunity available in Malawi, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Uganda

30 January 2014

On behalf of the Commodities Commission Advocacy Working Group, PATH is pleased to announce a request for applications (RFA) from partner organizations in Malawi, Senegal, Sierra Leone, or Uganda, to develop a policy advocacy strategy and carry out strategic advocacy activities to advance the recommendations of the Commodities Commission. The proposed activities must correspond and correlate to the approved Commodities Commission work plans put forth by the ministry of health and partners and support broader RMNCH initiatives occurring in each country. Click on the following documents for more information: RFA ENGLISH ;  RFA FRENCH ; RFA Budget .
Every Newborn Action Plan: Now Open for Consultation

28 January 2014

The Every Newborn Action Plan is now online for consultation and comments from all interested parties are welcome and strongly encouraged. The consultation period runs during the month of February, closing on 28 February, after which the final plan will be developed for presentation to the 194 Member States at the World Health Assembly in May.To learn more click here.
Round IV Request For Applications (RFA)

24 January 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) invite global problem solvers to answer their fourth call for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of childbirth. To learn more click here.
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