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This blog was originally published by Child Health Now. Written by Dr. Carole Presern.
It is amazing to see that already more than 3.5 million people in 70 countries have taken action to call for all children to “survive 5” as part of the Global Week of Action. Thanks to these many dedicated partners including frontline healthworkers, women’s and children’s health and survival rates around the world are improving.
But we know the stark reality. An estimated 289,000 women still die in childbirth, nearly 3 million babies do not survive their first month of life and 6.6 million children do not live to see their fifth birthday. Most of these deaths are preventable and by working in partnership to fill gaps and accelerate action; so many more women, newborns and children could access the quality care they need to survive and thrive.
That’s why the PMNCH Partners’ Forum is being held at a pivotal moment. From June 30 to July 1, leading global health professionals, policy makers, business leaders and advocates from more than 40 countries will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa. We will review progress, identify factors for success, and accelerate action to address gaps and save more lives.
Along with releasing the Countdown to 2015 and Success Factors at the Forum, we will unveil the Every Newborn Action Plan, which builds from the evidence base in The Lancet Every Newborn Series to create a roadmap and joint action platform for reducing preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths.
Together with the Government of South Africa, USAID, UNICEF for A Promise Renewed, Countdown to 2015, and the independent Expert Review Group, PMNCH is committed to making the 2014 Partners’ Forum a catalyst for accelerated progress on behalf of the world’s women and children.
In support of Every Woman Every Child, the Forum will be an important opportunity to establish a strategic vision and to align partners across health and all sectors to ensure that women, adolescents, children and newborn wellbeing, equity and accountability are at the heart of the Post-2015 development agenda.