The Case for Investing in Girls

23 January 2014

On January 22, The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, posted an article on LinkedIn, making the case for investing in girls. One of the soundest investments we can make is in girls – in educating them, empowering them and keeping them healthy. Yet, too many girls in too many countries are held back simply because of their gender, marginalized and deprived of control of their own destinies. To read the full article click here. To join the conversation on twitter follow #investingirls.
 
Investing in Girl Empowerment for MDG Acceleration

21 January 2014

On January 23, the UN Secretary-General, with the MDG Advocacy Group, will host a luncheon at the World Economic Forum: “Scaling Up Success: Investing in Girl Empowerment for MDG Acceleration”. This event aims to communicate that girls are the key to MDG acceleration, with linkages to the right to health and education. The Secretary-General’s multistakeholder initiatives, including Every Woman Every Child, will be discussed as engagement mechanisms for the private sector. To learn more click here. To join the conversation on twitter follow #InvestInGirls.
 
2014 Annual Letter from Bill & Melinda Gates: 3 myths that Block Progress for the Poor

21 January 2014

The annual letter from Bill & Melinda Gates, released on January 21, focuses on the 3 myths that block progress for the poor: poor countries are doomed to stay poor; foreign aid is a big waste; and saving lives leads to overpopulation. To read the full letter click here. To join the conversation on twitter follow #StopTheMyth.
 
Large returns from small investments in women's, children's health

16 January 2014

The Global Investment Framework for Women’s and Children’s Health, a recent study published in The Lancet, finds that an increased investment in health of only $5 per capita per year in 74 of the poorest countries can result in a nine-fold social and economic return. By making the additional investments needed for life-saving interventions, it would be possible to not only avoid unnecessary deaths, but also have healthier, more productive individuals, communities and countries. To read more click here
 
Towards a Grand Convergence in Global Health: What Convergence Means for Health after 2015

15 January 2014

On Thursday, January 16, from 1-15 to 2:30, at UN Headquarters, join Norway’s Permanent Representative H.E. Mr. Geir O. Pedersen and Commissioners from The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health for a discussion about a new pathway to close the health gap between countries and to achieve a “grand convergence” in global health.Click here for more information on the event. Can’t make it to the event? Click here to watch the webcast coverage.
 
Three Years have Passed Since India’s Last Case of Wild Polio

13 January 2014

Today the global community is celebrating a historic health milestone: three years have passed since India’s last case of wild polio. India’s triumph is a landmark achievement that will vastly benefit children's health in India and around the world. To learn more click here.
 
Making Pregnancy and Childbirth Safe in Uganda and Zambia

09 January 2014

Saving Mothers' first Annual Report, Making Pregnancy and Childbirth Safe in Uganda and Zambia, demonstrates rapid progress towards reducing maternal mortality ratios in eight pilot districts. In Uganda districts, the maternal mortality ratio has declined by 30%, while in facilities in Zambia, the maternal mortality ratio has decreased by 35%. Read the report here.
 
Current Funding Opportunities

20 December 2013

Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, would like to draw your attention three funding opportunities that are currently open. They are looking for Bold Ideas with Big Impact in global health. The deadlines for each opportunity are rapidly approaching. Click here for more information. 
 
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