PMNCH 2014 Partners’ Forum
By admin June 30, 2014

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Today marks the beginning of an important two-day forum on Women and Children’s health taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) will be co-hosting, along with the Government of South Africa, the 2014 Partners’ Forum. This forum is helping bring much needed attention and focus to global efforts as we approach the target date for the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

PMNCH is a partnership of more than 500 organizations from across seven constituencies: governments, multilateral organizations, donors and foundations, nongovernmental organizations, healthcare professions associations, academic, research and training institutions and the private sector. Created by the World Health Organization in 2005, the mission is to support partners to align their strategic directions and catalyze collective action towards the achievement of MDGs 4 and 5, to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.

Even though there have been positive gains over the past 5 years the situation is still dire. Across the globe 289,000 women die every year from complications at birth and 6.6 million children do not survive to their fifth birthday. Newborns especially have seen little improvement in health outcomes with 2.9 million dying within the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million being stillborn annually.

Throughout the conference PMNCH will hope to analyze the current progress and discuss what more can be done leading up to the 2015 MDGs and beyond. The specific focus is on delivering immunization, quality care at birth, integration of non-communicable diseases in women and children’s health policies along with scaling-up innovation.   PMNCH hopes to highlight the accelerated progress certain “fast-track countries” have made over the past few years. A report, “Success Factors for Women and Children’s Health”, released today, shows countries like Bangladesh, China, Nepal, and Vietnam “deployed tailored strategies and adapted quickly to change.” The emphasis is not how much was spent but how the money was spent.   With achievements like immunization coverage increasing from 2% to 85% PMNCH would like to take the lessons learned and apply them to the low- and middle-income countries that have not seen such positive gains. Live streaming of the event can be found at


For more information:

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