The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH)

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The Partnership (PMNCH) is a global health partnership founded in 2005, hosted at the World Health Organization in Geneva which joins the maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) communities into an alliance of more than 300 members to ensure that all women, infants and children not only remain healthy, but thrive.

What we do

The Partnership’s value proposition arises from its being the only platform that brings together all of the many Partners in the global health community focused on improving the health of women and children and promoting the Continuum of Care. The Partnership’s activities are guided by its Vision and Mission:


Vision: The achievement of the MDGs, with women and children enabled to realize their right to the highest attainable standard of health in the years to 2015 and beyond.


Mission: Supporting Partners to align their strategic directions and catalyse collective action to achieve universal access to comprehensive, high-quality, reproductive, maternal newborn and child health care.


The Partnership’s work will be focused through three Strategic Objectives (SOs), which reflect the Partnership’s value proposition and provide the framework for developing individual outputs and activities:


SO 1: Broker knowledge and innovation for action, leading to increased access to, and use of, knowledge and innovations to enhance policy, service delivery and financing mechanisms.


SO 2: Advocate for mobilizing and aligning resources and for greater engagement, leading to additional resource commitments for RMNCH, visibility of women’s and children’s health issues in relevant forums, and concensus on evidence-based policy development and implementation.


SO 3: Promote accountability for resources and results, leading to better information to monitor RMNCH results, as wel las better and more systematic tracking of how resource commitments are actually allocated.


In achieving these objectives the Partnership will structure its activities around four operational principles:


Being partner-centric, by supporting Partners to deliver the Partnership’s objectives, without replacing or replicating Partners’ work or their internal governance / accountability processes.


Focusing on convening (i.e. providing a platform for Partners to discuss and agree on ways to align their existing and new activities) and brokering (i.e. actively brokering knowledge, innovations, collaborations, etc. among Partners).


Being driven by country demand and regional priorities.


Promoting the Continuum of Care approach to improve women’s and children’s health.


The success of the Partnership will be measured in its ability to achieve the identified outcomes for each of its three Strategic Objectives, and ultimately supporting the Partners to deliver their respective mandates, and achieve better RMNCH outcomes in high-burden countries that would otherwise have been possible.