Women's and children's health are the underlying drivers behind progress on all the Millennium Development Goals
In a spirit of shared commitment and collective action, the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health was launched at the MDG summit in New York in September 2010. Bringing together political leaders, the United Nations, private sector and philanthropists, the UN Secretary- General, Ban Ki-moon is spearheading a concerted effort to save the lives of more than 16 million women and children and to meet the MDG targets of 2015. A total of US$ 40 billion in resources was pledged by partners in support of the Secretary-General's new global strategy.
"We know what works to save women's and children's lives, and we know that women and children are critical to all of the MDGs. Today we are witnessing the kind of leadership we have long needed."
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations
GAVI is supporting Every Woman Every Child through the power of vaccines, public-private partnerships and innovative financing mechanisms. GAVI is helping the UN address key global health priorities, including leading childhood killers, pneumonia and diarrhoea, by increasing access to life-saving vaccines children and new HPV vaccines against cervical cancer for girls in the world’s poorest countries.
Responding to the demand of developing countries, GAVI has already accelerated the introduction of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines.
Now, GAVI will support two more vaccines that will directly benefit women and children: human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines against cervical cancer and rubella vaccines that protect newborns from congenital rubella syndrome, and helps to protect mothers from stillbirth and miscarriage.
Commission on Information and Accountability
The Commission on Information and Accountability was established to improve global reporting, oversight and accountability for women's and children’s health. In 2011, the Commission released "Keeping Promises, Measuring Results" with its recommendations to increase the likelihood that pledges for women's and children's health are honoured and that resources are spent in the most effective way to save lives.
The report's 10 recommendations address the need to improve health information systems in countries and to track pledged resources and health expenditures for women and children.
Commission on Life-saving Commodities for Women and Children
On 23 March 2012, UNICEF and UNFPA launched a high-level Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children. Co-chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway, the commission will improve access to essential but overlooked health supplies that could save the lives of millions of women and children every year.