PPD is partnering with Government of India and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) to support the UN Secretary General’s Updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. PPD will provide special focus on work stream 3 on “National Leadership and Operationalization”. The work stream leads will, on an on-going basis, liaise with other Global Strategy work streams to ensure coherence.
Five different work streams identified to Update the Global Strategy and develop the Operational Plan including: 1. Strategy Coordination and Political Engagement; 2. Conceptual Framework and Technical Content; 3. National Leadership and Operationalization; 4. Accountability; and, 5. Advocacy and Communications. The overall development of the updated Global Strategy and coordination across all work streams is led by the Strategy and Coordination Group that led by the UN Secretary-General’s Office and Every Woman Every Child (EWEC).
The Updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health will be launched at the time of the UN General Assembly in September 2015, with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The timeline for the overall Global Strategy will be aligned with the SDG timeline, from 2016 to 2030. The Operational Plan launched alongside the Global Strategy in September 2015, will be for five years, from 2016 to 2020. The updated 2015 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health seeks to inform the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda, with a vision to ensure that by 2030, every woman, child, and adolescent can realize their potential and right to attain the highest level of health and wellbeing, dignity and human security.
The priority countries of this strategy are: Bangladesh, Benin, China, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health launched in September 2010 has contributed to significant progress in reducing maternal and child deaths worldwide. The Every Woman Every Child movement that grew out of the Global Strategy, mobilized actors from all sectors to work towards shared goals.
Strong progress has been made toward the vision to end all preventable maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent deaths within a generation. But, there is still unfinished agenda and new challenges that need to be addressed as we transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals agenda.
Every Woman Every Child stakeholders agreed on the need to update the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health to focus attention on the unfinished MDG agendas and contribute achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals vision and targets. An updated Global Strategy would build on new evidence, including the need to focus on critical population groups such as newborn and adolescents, build the resilience of health systems, improve the quality of health services and equity in their coverage, and partnering with health-enhancing sectors on issues such as education, women’s political and economic participation, and water, sanitation and hygiene.
To build the political support needed to develop and implement an updated Global Strategy, it is essential to demonstrate how the Every Woman Every Child multi-stakeholder partnership and accountability models have contributed to accelerated the progress for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. New opportunities such as national, regional and south-south cooperation initiatives and financing mechanisms such as the Global Financing Facility offer joint platforms for operationalizing and delivering towards the post-2015 vision for women, children, and adolescents. The realization of this updated strategy requires effective national leadership and an understanding of how evidence based strategies can be operationalized in the context of each country’s unique situation.
Partners in Population and Development (PPD), is an Inter-Governmental alliance of 26 Member States representing the 60% of the world population, committed to support Secretary-General’s “Every Woman, Every Child” initiative. PPD would ensure that the member countries programs and activities, promotes the inclusion of women and children as the beneficiaries of all of its policy and programme efforts.
PPD aimed to achieve that through the sharing of knowledge, capacity-building, the transfer of commodities and technology, advocacy and policy dialogues, partnership and resource mobilization, diplomacy and monitoring. The commitment by PPD will help strengthen and harmonize actions by their 26 members and other developing countries on essential interventions for women and children.
PPD is partnering with Government of India to contribute to UN Secretary General’s Updated Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in the following areas:
- Strengthening country engagement and national leadership and operationalization
- Documenting advocacy and best practices compendium, policy brief based on evidence results and dissemination
- Organizing High level side events in UN GA, NY, combined statement of countries at UNGA
- Assisting in the implementation of the operational plan for national leadership and operationalization of the global strategy
- Facilitating exchange of commodity and essential medicine and commodities for maternal and child survival
South-South cooperation is an important mechanism of progress and can make a vital impact on the health and well-being of the most vulnerable women and children, now and for the future. In a letter to the UN Secretary-General, the former Chair of PPD and India’s Minister for Health and Family Welfare – HE Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “PPD commits to mobilizing political support and advocating for allocation of required resources in the Member States. PPD as an organization will align its strategic directions to ensure that improving maternal and child health is an integral part of its program agenda.”
Further, PPD’s New Delhi Declaration (adopted by PPD Board on 27 November 2014) emphasise to support the United Nations’ Every Woman Every Child initiative through South-South partnerships that contribute to updating and strengthening of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and to promote its implementation in PPD member countries, including through sufficient, efficient and sustainable financing. In line with the PPD’s New Delhi Declaration and Chair’s commitment, the PPD new Strategic Plan 2015-2019 outlines the concrete actions towards supporting “Every Woman Every Child” initiative through South-South partnerships.
Currently, PPD is partnering with PMNCH to implement a project entitled “sharing best practices across developing countries for South-South Learning”. With this experience, PPD will contribute greater support towards progress in updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.
Every Woman Every Child
Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children. The movement puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which presents a roadmap on how to enhance financing, strengthen policy and improve service on the ground for the most vulnerable women and children. Launched by Secretary-General Ban during the September 2010 the September 2010 United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by Governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world. It puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which presents a roadmap for enhancing financing, strengthening policy and improving services on the ground for the most vulnerable women and children. For more information visit: www.everywomaneverychild.org
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH)
The Partnership (PMNCH) joins the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) communities into an alliance of more than 650 member organizations, across seven constituencies: academic, research and teaching institutions; donors and foundations; health-care professionals associations; multilateral organizations; non-governmental organizations; partner countries; and the private sector. Working together our goal is a world in which all women, newborns, children and adolescents not only are healthy, but thrive. The Partnership enables partners to share strategies, align objectives and resources, and agree on interventions to achieve more together than they would be able to achieve individually.
For more information: Dr. Joe Thomas, Executive Director, Partners in Population and Development (PPD), email: email@example.com