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Virtual PMNCH 26th Board Meeting

Thu, 12/17/2020 - 06:20
The PMNCH Board met virtually for its 26th meeting on 14 and 15 December 2020. The meeting primarily focused on the need to protect the progress made to date on improving the health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents, given the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was done in the context of deciding on what should be done going forward, as proposed by the PMNCH’s COVID-19 Call to Action campaign plan that was approved during the deliberations. In addition, the Board reflected on the work done to date in 2020, agreed on how PMNCH will restructure its governance to keep on responding to the challenges COVID-19 presents, while working more effectively with partners, and approved the proposals for a refreshed PMNCH brand and the proposed Digital Action Plan.

The Board meeting was led by the Board Chair, Rt Hon. Helen Clark who acknowledged the extraordinary times and the impact COVID-19 has had on the work of PMNCH. “Its impact has been comprehensively awful for economies, societies and health systems, and the greatest relevance to PMNCH is how it has threatened the gains that have been made in women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.” She also recognized the work PMNCH has done during the pandemic including rallying funds to support women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health services. She said, “It was all the more encouraging to see serious pledges made to women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health last week” …referring to pledges made at Lives in the Balance Summit. “PMNCH worked so hard to see $20billion in pledges. It shows that partnerships like ours do occupy a unique space in the spectrum”.

Virtual summit marking Universal Health Coverage Day 2020, echoes its theme of “Health for All: Protect Everyone” with a series of commitments by global leaders to improve the health of women, children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic and...

Fri, 12/11/2020 - 11:29
More than 2000 delegates from over 100 countries will convene for the virtual Lives in the Balance: Improving the health of women, children and adolescents through Universal Health Coverage summit on 11 December, 2020.

They will take stock of how the COVID-19 has affected progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), launch new commitments towards improving the health of women, children and adolescents, and galvanize a participatory approach from all stakeholders to ensure we can ‘do better’ during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Lives in the Balance Summit: Improving the health of women, children and adolescents through UHC

Fri, 12/11/2020 - 06:20
On the eve of Universal Health Coverage Day, more than 1,600 viewers from 100+ countries who registered, tuned into a three-hour live broadcast co-hosted by PMNCH, CORE Group and UHC2030.

Country commitments

Fri, 12/11/2020 - 06:20
National leaders from around the world are responding to the needs and experiences of women, children and adolescents in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Youth leaders sit down with ministers and senior government leaders for brief discussions about key issues related to national commitments to increase action and accountability including:

The above summary table is based on preliminary analyses of the commitments provided to PMNCH. Each commitment can be found below.

$20.6 billion to help women, newborns, young children and adolescents

Thu, 12/10/2020 - 11:29
10 December 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening three decades of improvement in health and social services for women, newborns, children and adolescents.

OPINION: Stillbirth leaves millions suffering in silence – we must do more to prevent it and end the stigma

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 11:29
Susannah Hopkins Leisher, Chair of the International Stillbirth Alliance, a member of PMNCH

We named our first child Wilder Daniel. He was stillborn 21 years ago, on July 13, 1999.

Adolescent health and well-being

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 12:29
Building the capacity of young people is critical to realizing the promise of the Sustaining Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Adolescents and young people are uniquely positioned to be effective advocates to hold their governments accountable for the delivery of promises, policies and programs that affect their lives. Now, more than any other time, young people have an opportunity to make sure every adolescent gets counted; and take action to advocate for adolescent health and well-being.

PMNCH in collaboration with key partners, will host a series of webinars with youth-led organizations and other interested stakeholders, to share learnings and best practices around key areas identified by the Adolescent and Youth Constituency.

OPINION: In this time of COVID-19 a new consensus on how we should be working to improve adolescent well-being is long overdue

Mon, 10/05/2020 - 12:29
By Enes Efendioğlu and Souzana Humsi, Adolescents and Youth Constituency Board Members, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

Every generation of adolescents grapples with the difficult transition from childhood into adult life: juggling social and academic pressures at school; coping with changing dynamics within family and friendship groups; experiencing the physical and mental transformation of puberty; and making crucial decisions about whether to pursue further education or embark on careers.