23 OCTOBER 2014 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The Ebola outbreak and its effect on some of the most vulnerable countries of the world has brought increasing attention to the vulnerability of women and children in crisis situations and the significant challenges —a lack of resilience to emergencies and limited access to healthcare—fragile regions and states face in protecting this vulnerable population. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, calls for an investment in health systems to curb the current Ebola outbreak and prevent another from ever happening again.
15 OCTOBER 2014 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — PMNCH joined together with WHO and the Inter-Parliamentary Union to co-host an event on the margins of the 128th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, where Parliamentarians and high level delegates from around the world gathered to discuss the important role that parliamentarians must continue to play in accelerating the reduction of maternal and child mortality.
15 OCTOBER 2014 | NEW YORK, NEW YORK — “Don’t ever, ever eat in the toilet!” ... If you’ve grown up hearing this message, as so many children in middle and high income countries have, you simply cannot think of food and toilets in the same sentence without some discomfort. And yet it turns out the relationship between food and toilets is much more positive than our mothers ever led us to believe.
11 OCTOBER 2014 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — In a commentary to mark the International Day of the Girl, Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for the Family, Women's and Children's Health Cluster at WHO speaks on this year's theme of "Empowering girls: ending the cycle of violence".
Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues for Women’s and Children’s Health: A Guide for Convenors and Facilitators
A new publication on Multistakeholder Dialogues for Women’s and Children’s Health (MSD) by PMNCH, WHO and partners offers guidance on how MSD processes can be used to better identify challenges for RMNCH, align stakeholder priorities and action, and assure accountability for resources and results. The Guide applies the principles of best practice of MSD to women’s and children’s health.
Country progress towards MDGs: Adjusting for socioeconomic factors reveals greater progress and new challenges.
The health MDGs(4, 5, 6) impose the same ambitious 2015 targets on every country. Many reports have noted that few low-income countries are on track to reach them. This has led some to suggest that applying a global standard to every country may be inappropriate. As part of the Success Factors Studies on reducing maternal and child mortality, a new article from PMNCH and other partners, proposes options for supplementary country-specific targets in maternal and child health, by which countries can measure their progress against their potential.
International Day of the Girl 2014
“Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence” is the theme for this year's International Day of the Girl. With 700 million women alive today married before their 18th birthday, this day offers an opportunity to call for action against child marriage and to end violence against women and girls worldwide.
Calls for submission and collaboration
UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Learning Today for a Sustainable Future
World Pneumonia Day
G20 Leaders’ Summit