High-Level Steering Group for
Every Woman Every Child
To help provide leadership and inspire ambitious action for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, as well as encourage collaboration and integration with relevant areas of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Secretary-General established a High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child.
The group is co-chaired by H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of the Republic of Chile, and H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and two alternate co-chairs, H.E. Ms. Tarja Halonen, former President of the Republic of Finland, and H.E. Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
The members were drawn to include global representation from governments, the business community, philanthropists, young people, civil society and multilateral systems, and reflect the diversity of the Every Woman Every Child movement.
The initial members announced in January 2016 will be expanded with additional key leaders. With initial appointments lasting for one year, the group will meet to review progress and challenges, and provide recommendations on issues such as financing, accountability, cross-sectoral action and country-level implementation of the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.
The centrality of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) in the Agenda 2030, alongside the evolving global health architecture, provides the opportunity to reaffirm the crucial role of the UN agencies in supporting countries to improve the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents and address universal coverage with quality RMNCAH services, including adolescent sexual and reproductive health services.
In this respect, the six member organizations (UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO and the World Bank Group) of the partnerhip formerly known as the H4+ announced that the partnership renamed itself H6 to reflect the full commitment and engagement of the partners. It also reflects the broadened scope of the partnership to support countries to tackle the root causes of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent mortality and morbidity, including gender inequalities and sociocultural and financial barriers (the announcement is available here).
The members of the H6 will provide technical support to high-burden countries in their efforts to implement the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030 and reach the targets of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.
Global Financing Facility
Healthy women and children enable healthy economies, political stability and forward momentum. However, far too many newborns, children, adolescents and women still die of preventable conditions every year, and too few have access to quality health services.
The Global Financing Facility (GFF), in support of Every Woman Every Child, was announced in September 2014 to respond to this challenge and help close the funding gap for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health.
Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace
Despite progress under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), each year approximately 5.9 million children die before the age of five and 289,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. In the early years of life, 1 in 3 children fail to reach their full potential. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a revised Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health have set targets to improve this situation. To meet those targets, innovation is required. Although there is an increasing number of Innovative healthcare concepts at the early pilot stage, a bottleneck exists at the “critical testing” ($250,000 – $2,000,000 to further prove a transformative concept) and “transition to scale” ($1,000,000 – $15,000,000) stage.
Response: EWEC Innovation Marketplace
To tackle this bottleneck, the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health has launched the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Innovation Marketplace. The Marketplace is a strategic alliance of development innovation organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, the United States Agency for International Development, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and UBS Optimus Foundation.
The objective is to make 20 investments by 2020 and by 2030 to see at least 10 of these innovations widely available and having significant impact on women, children and adolescents.
To achieve these goals, the Marketplace pools the strengths of existing development innovation organizations to conduct curation and brokering.
Curation is comparative analysis of innovations sourced from partner organizations.
- The goal of curation is to identify the innovations in this pipeline of Marketplace partner innovations that show the most investment readiness and promise for impact on the health of women, children, and adolescents.
- All innovations considered in curation have already received past “proof-of- concept” funding from one or more Marketplace partners.
- The Marketplace has a strong advantage in identifying promising innovations, as it is able to assess information from across its partner organizations, including through platforms like the Innovation Exchange.
Brokering is the process of matching promising innovations to the right investor.
- The Marketplace brokers promising innovations to corporate, not-for-profit, governmental, and high-net-worth individual partners.
- The Marketplace also leverages broader networks of investors linked to the United Nations, for example: businesses which have made discretionary commitments to EWEC, and the country governments of the World Bank Global Financing Facility.
The Innovation Marketplace creates value by:
- Catalyzing investment in high quality innovations to improve women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health.
- Linking a supply of innovations from development innovation organizations to demand from companies and governments.
- Providing a mechanism for development innovation funders to source new deals and crowd-in co-funding for exciting projects.
- Addressing a lack of quality, vetted deal-flow in the healthcare innovation investment space.
- Convening stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, and government to help ease the pathway of innovations to scale.
Note: for more information on the “Innovation Marketplace”, including details of its pipeline, curation, brokering, and investment functions, please see the article “Innovating for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health” in the British Medical Journal.
To discuss the Innovation Marketplace, please contact the Innovation Marketplace Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Every Woman Every Child Private Sector Luncheon 
When Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) launched its new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health (the Global Strategy) in September 2015, it recognized for the first time, the power of the “settings” in which people live to shape dramatically their prospects for health and well-being. New attention needed to be giving to the vulnerable conditions in which too many women and children live, and the new Global Strategy named “settings” as one of its nine priorities, calling on humanitarian and development actors to redouble efforts to work better together to build health and resilience among the women, children, and adolescents who live in the most fragile and volatile circumstances. Advocating for greater focus on contexts, settings, risks and crises, the Everywhere work stream brings together key actors from both the humanitarian and development sectors, to identify conceptual, policy and programming opportunities to better support the health of women, children and adolescents in all settings everywhere.
Implementing the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health Everywhere[Report]—Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 4-5 April 2016
Live from the Word Government Summit in Dubai—12 February 2016
Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, the co-chair of EveryWhere, discusses RMNCAH in fragile and humanitarian settings as a key element to end preventable deaths among women, children, and adolescents.
Resilience, Response and Recovery: Reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health [Meeting summary]
Urgently addressing and supporting women’s, newborns’, children’s and adolescents’ health in fragile and conflict settings is key to the success of the Post-2015 Agenda, says group of experts meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 10-11, 2015
Abu Dhabi Declaration, February 2015
Development and humanitarian experts in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNC&A health), who, in February 2015, met in Abu Dhabi UAE, urge the global community to join them in upholding this declaration for the dignity, health and wellbeing of every woman and every child—in humanitarian and fragile settings.
Kaila! – Pacific Voice for Action on Agenda 2030—1 December 2015
As the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference gets underway in Paris, Pacific island nations are emphasizing the devastating impact of climate change not only from an environmental perspective, but also on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
Opinion: Integrating Water, Sanitation and Health are Key to the Promise of the UN Global Goals—By H.R.H. Princess Sarah Zeid
AMMAN, 30 October 2015 [Inter Press Service]—The solutions to women’s and children’s dignity, health and wellbeing lie well beyond the health sector alone, and demand instead an integrated approach, including solutions that deliver water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health and in education.
“Every Woman Every Child Every Adolescent Every Where” Financing sexual reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in every setting
A contribution to the renewed Global Strategy for Every Woman Every Child Outcomes of Experts meeting held 22-23 June 2015, Washington, USA
Comment: For every woman, every child, everywhere: a universal agenda for the health of women, children, and adolescents [The Lancet]—15 May 2015
Preventable mortality and morbidity among women, adolescents, and children are severe in humanitarian settings. Data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on 50 fragile states show that 60% of preventable maternal deaths, 53% of deaths in children younger than 5 years, and 45% of neonatal deaths take place in fragile settings of conflict, displacement, and natural disasters. Worldwide, women and children are up to 14 times more likely than men to die in a disaster.