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Nigerian Youth Call for Action to Improve Adolescents' Health

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 12:29
Deliberations center on revitalizing healthcare services threatened by COVID- 19

Marking the World Health Day, youth leaders and civil society groups from across Nigeria are urging the government to invest in equity enhancing strategies to restore crumbling services for women, newborns, children and adolescents.

World Health Day: Building Forward Fairer for Vulnerable Women, Children and Adolescents

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 12:29
Helga Fogstad, Executive Director & Etienne Langlois, Team Lead, Knowledge

This year's World Health Day, celebrated on 7th of April, focuses on the critical need to enhance equity for the most vulnerable communities worldwide. COVID-19 has further highlighted this need, given it is unravelling the hard-fought gains made over recent decades in reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality. During 2020, coverage of lifesaving health interventions for women, children and adolescents in 36 developing countries was estimated to have dropped by up to 25%. Recent UNFPA estimates indicate that across 115 low- and middle-income countries, the pandemic disrupted contraceptive use for about 12 million women, causing nearly 1.4 million unintended pregnancies in 2020. Similarly, according to a UNICEF, WHO and Gavi pulse survey, three-quarters of 82 surveyed countries reported COVID-19-related disruptions to immunization programmes.

Civil Society and Youth Statement on the GFF Resource Mobilization Effort

Wed, 03/24/2021 - 11:29
The Civil Society and Youth constituency applauds the Global Financing Facility’s leadership, investors, and strong country-led approach which has led to the realization of a track record of success and key learnings that informed the GFF’s new five-year strategy. Among the remarkable progress to date is the fact that 32% of the 36 GFF countries are using domestic resources to fund 50% of the current investment cases, with a target goal of 75% between 2021-2025.

We further appreciate the GFF’s early and quick pivot to support countries’ strategic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions through the provision of essential services for women, children, and adolescents. Recent WHO data from 105 countries show that 90 percent of countries have experienced disruptions to health services, with low- and middle-income countries reporting the greatest difficulties. Due to the contracting global economy, the total number of women and girls living in extreme poverty is expected to reach 435 million with no possibility of reverse to pre-pandemic levels until 2030.

PMNCH named "high scorer" on gender equality in global health

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 11:29
PMNCH has been recognized as a high-scoring organization in the latest annual report from Global Health 50/50, Gender equality: Flying blind in a time of crisis. The 2021 report reviewed 201 organizations to assess how gender equality is being advanced within organizations and health programmes, taking an in-depth look at gender in health-related COVID-19 responses.

PMNCH was ranked in the top 20% of the sample overall, which includes UN organizations, governmental agencies, international NGOs, research organizations, private sector companies and others. Assessed against 14 variables across four dimensions using a traffic light system, PMNCH scored “green” across most of the areas assessed, including organizational public commitment to gender equality; workplace gender equality; diversity and inclusion policies; gender parity in senior management and governing bodies; and gender of organizational head.

PMNCH Call to Action on COVID-19

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 06:20
The world is facing a global health pandemic without a clear end in sight. Covid-19 presents a massive shock to already struggling health systems globally and the world economy. Countries are grappling with how best to address mortality and morbidity due to the virus. At the same time, the pandemic is disrupting the provision of life-saving maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (MNCAH) services, contributing to the erosion of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and adolescents, and further exposing and exacerbating systematic and structural racial, ethnic and gender inequities everywhere.

As the 1,000 partners of PMNCH, we are coming together to advocate urgent action to respond to the devastating effects of the pandemic on the health of women, children, and adolescents, as well as the societies and economies that support them. Our call to action can prevent the Covid-19 pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis, while forging stronger primary healthcare systems as a pathway to Universal Health Coverage and fostering a more equitable world. There is no time to lose.

Communications Officer

Fri, 02/12/2021 - 16:02
Kieran’s background includes various marketing positions in the private sector with Disney, Warner Bros. and Citigroup and in the public sector with American Red Cross, Food Bank For NYC and March of Dimes. He joined PMNCH as a Marketing and Communications Consultant in 2019 and accepted his position as Communications Officer in May. Kieran is passionate about helping others, especially those around the world who are most in need of support and considers his volunteer mission to Africa among his most fulfilling experiences. He enjoys fitness, the outdoors, and meaningful trips to lesser known countries.

Removing the "Global Gag" will benefit millions of vulnerable women and girls worldwide

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 11:29
The Biden-Harris administration’s decision to rescind the egregious Mexico City Policy, or "Global Gag Rule", is a welcome move, which should now be reinforced by further action to reverse the great damage inflicted by COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable women, children and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries.

The US administration’s decision to rescind the controversial Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, was warmly welcomed today by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), an alliance of more than 1000 organizations from over 190 countries working to drive momentum towards global health targets for women, children and adolescents.