UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO, and the World Bank

 h4+H4+ is a joint effort by United Nations and related agencies and programmes UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO, and the World Bank. Harnessing the collective power of each partner’s strengths and capacities, the H4+ works to improve the health of women and children and accelerate progress towards achieving MDGs 4 and 5.

The H4+ serves as lead technical partners for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. Read a joint statement from the H4+


Recent H4+ News and Publications

  • THE STATE OF THE WORLD’S MIDWIFERY 2014: UNFPA and WHO on behalf of the H4+ with the International Confederation of Midwives, as well as other partners, produced the 2014 edition of THE STATE OF THE WORLD'S MIDWIFERY report, which brings to light the important role midwives play in saving lives of women and children. The report exposes the vast shortage of midwives across low- and middle-income countries, and updates on the progress made since the 2011 inaugural report. The report supports the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child campaign. The Executive Summary and other information available in French, Spanish and Arabic are under the section Resources” on the report’s home page.

  • H4+ in Zambia: Connecting Mothers-to-be With Clinics in Rural Zambia -Maternity Waiting Homes Encourage Women to Give Birth at Clinics.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • I Feel Proud to Be Making a Difference as a Midwife: In honor of the launch of the State of the World's Midwifery Report 2014, we include an extended profile of Mr. Kingsley Musama, a male midwife working in a remote region in Zambia who received EmONC training funded by H4+/Canada: I Feel Proud to Be Making a Difference as a Midwife.This was originally posted on the International Confederation of Midwives' blog, found here. At this year's ICM's conference, Mr. Musama has received ICM’s Marie Goubran Award for Excellency in Leadership.  
  • Kingsley_award_ICMKingsley Musama receives his ICM Marie Goubran Award at the Opening Ceremony of the 30th Triennial Congress of ICM. Photo by FHI360.

  • 47th CPD 2014 Side Event: "The Role of Professional Midwives in Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights" co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan and Sweden to the United Nations and the H4+.

  • 2013 H4+ Progress ReportThe H4+ Partnership: Joint country support to improve women's and children's health.

The partnership works to ensure the full involvement of countries targeted in the Global Strategy and to support them in fulfilling their commitments. The H4+ supports the implementation of the Global Strategyby:
  •       Mobilizing political support
  •       Building technical capacity at the regional and country-levels to address reproductive, maternal,
           newborn and child health issues  
  •       Focusing on the most vulnerable women and children
  •       Ensuring universal access to an integrated, essential package of health services 
  •       Addressing root causes of morbidity and mortality, such as gender inequality
  •       Engaging other sectors such as education, nutrition, water and sanitation, culture and human 
  •       Strengthening collaboration with partners
  •       Sustaining momentum for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health beyond 2015

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