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Partners' Forum Opens in Johannesburg
More than 800 leaders and public health experts from around the world opened a landmark two-day meeting in Johannesburg to review new data and call for accelerated action to improve maternal, newborn and child health.
The 2014 Partners' Forum was opened by Graça Machel, Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and African Ambassador for Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, who is making her first public appearance since the end of her mourning period after the death of her husband, Nelson Mandela.
The #PMNCHLive Engagement Kit provides suggested tweets, posts and links to help you engage your audiences on the dialogues taking place during the Partners’ Forum. Targets kits include product communications, #Commit2Deliver, youth, +SocialGood and BRICs outreach.
A new scorecard of the 32 countries competing in the 2014 World Cup shows that all have made significant progress in reducing childhood mortality since 1990, when the World Cup was hosted by Italy. However, not all countries have progressed equally.
O’Brien Mashinkila of PATH answered a few questions about the success Zambia has had in setting policy that will help babies survive the first days and weeks of life, and what the upcoming global meeting could mean for newborn survival.
The Adolescent Girl Will Make or Break the Future by Farah Mohammed- Adolescent girls and young women are often ignored in the provision of sexual and reproductive health services, and at times overlooked as the population most urgently needing such services and information.
The Road To PMNCH by Diane Fender - For many women, the path to motherhood is a tumultuous journey. Women, girls and children around the world suffer from preventable complications, travel long distances, endure unnecessary trauma and often lack the care they need to deliver healthy babies.
Podcast: #Commit2Deliver Series by Girls' Globe Denise Dunning, Executive Director, Let Girls Lead, answers the question "Globally, where is political will and commitment for children's health needed most?
Interviews: Girls's Globe speaks to Youth at Pre-Forum Girls' Globe was at the Youth Pre-Forum and chatted with participants on key topics discussed during the meeting.
Chat with Gogontlejang Phaladi, Botswana - Watch Chat with Zanele Mabaso, South Africa - Watch
Be Seen! Be Heard! Youth at the 3rd PMNCH Partners’ Forum
by Yemurai Nyoni, Director of DotYouth Organisation & Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver
Out of the approximately 1,000 participants here in Johannesburg, nearly 10% are youth representatives under 30. This is a great start, and a clear opportunity to increase meaningful youth engagement in the forum and others like it. Will PMNCH consider including a youth constituency to its other seven constituencies while mainstreaming youth within and throughout? We really hope so.
The Partners' Forum gives us a wonderful opportunity to join leaders and stakeholders in discussing a strategic vision for reproductive, neonatal, and child health (RMNCH) in the post-2015 era. In addition to the phenomenal presentations given "on the stage," we also are adding a new dimension, inspired by the Social Good Summit, to the Forum's plenaries: keynote listening.
Each plenary, we will feature a keynote listener, using the hashtag #PMNCHLive. Rather than simply live-tweeting the plenary, our keynote listener will interact with the conversation and reflect on the discussion from his or her own point of view.
Check out our first keynote listening wrap-up from last week's USAID "Acting on the Call" event, from Patrick McCrummen of Johnson & Johnson.
Can a Village Revolution for Mothers and Newborns Go Global? by Carolyn S. Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children
Fifteen years have passed since a husband and wife team in western India challenged the notion that the deaths of thousands of mothers and millions of babies during pregnancy and childbirth are inevitable in poor and remote communities.
Achieving Progress for Women and Girls Through Partnerships by Patrick McCrummen, Director of Communications for Worldwide Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson
We will only achieve a healthy future for all mothers and children together if researchers share their findings with business leaders, if business leaders partner with non-profits to leverage their resources, and if government leaders make women, newborns, and children a political, social, and economic priority.
While a majority of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are struggling to meet the Millennium Development Goal 4 and 5 of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health, in 2012 ten countries with similar resources were on the “fast-track” of achieving the targets, notes a June 30, 2014 Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, WHO report.