September 26, 2014

#Commit2Deliver: Maternal and Child Health

Written by Elisabeth Woodfield

This post originally appeared on the Girls’ Globe website here. Reposted with permission.

Tomorrow marks 460 days to achieve the  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Let’s focus on MDGs 4, 5, and 6: aimed at improving maternal and child health.

Here are the statistics:

  • 6+ million children under five years old die each year.
  • Only half of women in developing nations receive healthcare during pregnancy.
  • In 2012, Malaria killed an estimated 627,000 people but 3.3 million malaria deaths were prevented over a span of 12 years.

New data released by the United Nations show under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49 percent between 1990 and 2013. 17,000 fewer children die each day than in 1990.  3.3 million malaria deaths were prevented in a span of 12 years.


Regardless, overall progress is still short of meeting the MDG targets by 2015. On Tuesday, we will have 456 days left to achieve the MDGS. On September 30th, join us on social media using#Day456 to draw attention to these three MDGs and the important work ahead over the next 456 days to meet these goals.

Every Woman Every Child was launched in 2010 by the UN to engage the international community in order to deliver health services on the ground through in-country partners. It also focuses on mobilizing international and national action by governments to address the major health challenges faced by women and children. This week at the UN General Assembly, we ask our leaders to#Commit2Deliver. We must hold our leaders accountable for women’s and children’s health in the post-2015 agenda. During this critical time, I challenge each of you to consider what action you want leaders to take for women and children. Joy Phumaphi, co-chair of the independent Expert Review Group, recently tweeted:

Want to join the movement?

  • Write Your Senators and Ask Them to Commit to Maternal and Children’s Health
  • Tell Congress to Support Grassroots Activists For Empowerment of Women
  • Support a Local Organization for Women, like the YWCA or PMNCH
  • Demand the Statistics from Your Leaders to See Progress
  • Write An Email To Your Friends
  • Share Your Thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Sites

September 21st-26th Girls’ Globe is in New York for the 2014 UN General Assembly. We are partnering with FHI360Johnson & Johnson, and Women Deliver in support of Every Woman Every Child to amplify the global conversation on the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda. Follow#MDG456Live, raise your voice and join the conversation to advance women’s and children’s health. Sign up for the Daily Delivery to receive live crowd-sourced coverage of these issues directly to your inbox.