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We Need a Data Revolution: Progress on Women’s and Children’s Health

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The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health (PMNCH) rallies organizations, individuals, governments and the private sector to work together  in an effort to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. Over the past five years, much progress has been made in the fight to improve maternal and child health. This morning, PMNCH together with the World Health Organization, Countdown to 2015 and the independent Expert Review Group (iERG) hosted a breakfast in support of Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) to review the progress made for women and children’s health. Several reports were launched including the 2014 PMNCH Report on Commitments to the Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health and the Every Woman Every Child: A Post-2015 Vision.

2014 Partnership for Maternal and Child Health Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health Report

The fourth PMNCH Global Strategy report analyzes commitments made to improve maternal and child health.

Photo Credit: Every Woman Every Child

Photo Credit: Every Woman Every Child

An update is given on disbursement of commitments through EWEC and, more importantly, how these commitments affect women and children around the world. In 2013, 25 billion dollars was committed to improve maternal and child health. Since 2013, commitments have tripled from 100 in 2010 to 300 in 2014 which has led to over 60 million dollars to improve maternal and child health.

Diane Jacovella, Assistant Deputy Minister for Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Canada highlighted the importance of accountability. She emphasized the need for commitments to reach the most vulnerable populations. In 2013, the report found certain areas need more support for children and adolescents.While discussing financial commitments, Jacovella stressed that progress does not always equal success.

Accountability is essential. It ensures that all partners deliver on their commitments, demonstrates how actions and investments translate into tangible results and better long-term outcomes, and tells us what works, what needs to be improved and what requires more attention. – 2014 PMNCH Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health Report

Who benefits?

Women and children are at the center of these commitments. For the first time, adolescents are also being included. Through the financial investments, 43 million people will have access to essential family planning services in 2015. While this figure is impressive, high level political commitment is still needed to offer women, young people and couples access to family planning services. In regards to maternal and child health, while progress has been made more needs to be done to help those most vulnerable. Additional commitments included immunizations, malaria treatment and HIV.  Key findings and recommendations from this report share both the progress and the change that is still needed for women and children.

Every Woman Every Child: A Post-2015 Vision

Richard Horton, Editor in Chief of the Lancet, provided an overview of the Every Woman Every Child: Post-2015 Vision report. His message and question for leaders was clear and simple:

Are we going to deliver for women and children?

The EWEC report, produced by the independent Expert Review Group (iERG), focuses on maintaining accountability for commitments made as well as making recommendations to strengthen women and children’s health in seventy-five countries. In this report, the iERG posits six recommendations. A highlight in the report is a proposed new framework for a sustainable approach to improving women and children’s health.

Sustainability is about all people, not just some people. It is about paying as much attention to the future as we do to the present. It means going beyond the control and eradication of disease to assert the importance of a healthy life and wellbeing. Sustainability is about the value we put on our lives and on the lives of our children.

What is the end goal?

To end maternal and child deaths in our generation.

 

Join the conversation!

There are several ways for you to join the conversation, highlight what you think is important for women’s health and well-being, and hold leaders accountable.

#Commit2Deliver – What commitments have been made for women’s and children’s health? What action do you want to see for women and children? Tweet and Instagram using #Commit2Deliver and check out commitments on Every Woman Every Child.

September 21st-26th Girls’ Globe will be in New York for the 2014 UN General Assembly. We are partnering with FHI360, Johnson & Johnson, and Women Deliver in support of Every Woman Every Child to amplify the global conversation on the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda. Follow #MDG456Live, raise your voice and join the conversation to advance women’s and children’s health. Sign up for the Daily Delivery to receive live crowd-sourced coverage of these issues directly to your inbox.

Cover Photo Credit: Thomas Quine, Flickr Creative Commons

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