“Every Woman, Every Child. This focus is long overdue. With the launch of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, we have an opportunity to improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children around the world, and in so doing, to improve the lives of all people.” — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
What is Every Woman Every Child?
Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010,Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. It 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 around the world.
The effort 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.
Why does this matter?
Every Woman Every Child provides a new opportunity to improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children around the world, and in so doing, to improve the lives of all people. The health of women and children is critically important to almost every area of human development and progress, and directly impacts our success in achieving all of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted by world leaders in 2000.
Research has conclusively demonstrated that the health of women and children is the cornerstone of public health. Healthy women and children create healthy societies. Healthy societies, in turn, are the foundation upon which nations build successful economies and create prosperity for their people. And prosperity, as we know, is essential to political stability and social harmony.
What can be done?
Every Woman Every Child recognizes that all actors have an important role to play in improving women’s and children’s health. More than $40 billion was pledged at the 2010 launch, and numerous partners have made additional, and critical, financial, policy and service delivery commitments, but more help is needed. The Secretary-General is asking the international community for the additional commitments necessary to take Every Woman Every Child past the tipping point.
This would mean saving the lives of 16 million women and children, preventing 33 million unwanted pregnancies, ending stunting in 88 million children, and protecting 120 million children from pneumonia by 2015.
This is an enormous and unprecedented undertaking. The stakes are high, and the cost of failure is great. But the rewards of success are greater still. They include a better life for all of us, and a healthy future for women and children everywhere.
Event: Dinner At United Nations in September 2012
At a special dinner held in New York hosted by the UN Secretary-General on September 25, 2012, for senior leaders attending the UN General Assembly, CEOs, celebrities, and more, new commitments were announced to spur even greater progress for women’s and children’s health. View the photo gallery below:
Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Jan EliassonIKEA Foundation Per HeggenesMinister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla CarlssonPresident of Liberia Ellen Johnson SirleafPresident of World Bank Jim Yong KimNigerian Economist Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaDirector General of WHO Dr. Margaret ChanFormer NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal and Director General of the World Health Organization Dr. Margaret ChanWellbeing Foundation Africa’s Founder-President / Former First Lady Kwara State H.E Mrs. Toyin SarakiTed Turner and guestWellbeing Foundation Africa’s Founder-President / Former First Lady Kwara State H.E Mrs. Toyin SarakiRobert Orr and Christy Turlington-Barker (Nigel Barker’s wife)Ray Chambers, Shaquille O’Neal and guestPresident of Liberia Ellen Johnson SirleafEconomist Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaDebra Messing and Aishwarya RaiChristy Turlington-Barker and Debra MessingAshok Amritraj and Aishwarya RaiActress Aishwarya Rai
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