June 23, 2014
This press release originally appeared on the PMNCH website here.
From June 30 – July 1, 2014, global health professionals, policy makers, business leaders, advocates and youth leaders will gather for the third Partners’ Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting will be a pivotal moment to review progress, identify factors for success, and agree on commitments for action to help women, newborns, children and adolescents survive and thrive. For example, new investments in innovation and expanded access to relatively simple and well-known interventions, like midwifery services, can improve health, save lives, and lead to sustained development.
While women and children’s health and survival rates have improved steadily over the past years, we still face challenges. Each year:
The Forum will be chaired by Graça Machel, Chair of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and Ambassador for A Promise Renewed. The meeting will be hosted by the Government of South Africa in partnership with PMNCH; USAID and UNICEF for A Promise Renewed; Countdown to 2015; and the independent Expert Review Group.
The meeting follows Saving Every Woman Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach, the international Summit hosted by Canada (May 28-30, Toronto) where global leaders from every sector will shape the future of child and maternal health collaborations in Canada and around the world. Participants will review progress in maternal, newborn and child survival, and make recommendations to ensure that key investments are maintained within the post-2015 global development framework.
With new global commitments, partners working across health and related fields will be well-positioned to use the Johannesburg Forum to unite global efforts to prioritize action and accountability for the health and well-being of every woman and every child. Confirmed speakers for the Partners’ Forum include: Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, co-chair, Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group; Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Honourable Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria; HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan; Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization; Philippe Douste-Blazy, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Innovative Finance for Development; and Christopher Elias, President for Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Partners’ Forum will include the launch of four landmark reports: