Global Consensus on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health to save 10 million lives

September 2009

FCI, as lead advocacy partner in the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, helped to organize a high-level event, Investing in Our Common Future: Healthy Women, Healthy Children, at the UN during the 2009 meeting of the General Assembly. Hosted by the UK prime minister and the president of The World Bank, the focus was on funding for health systems: the presidents of several developing nations promised to provide free health care for women and children, and donor countries committed their support with over $5 billion in new health aid over six years. The event also launched a new global Consensus for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, setting out five key action steps to save the lives of more than 10 million women and children by 2015:

  • Political leadership and community engagement
  • Quality, evidence-based interventions, delivered through effective health systems
  • Removal of barriers to access
  • Skilled and motivated health workers, in the right place at the right time
  • Accountability for results

At its launch, FCI president Ann Starrs noted that the Consensus “represents the world’s solemn promise to its poorest and most vulnerable people. Now it is up to all of us make sure that our leaders keep their promises.”

Read the PMNCH press release about the launch of the Consensus.

View a video clip of the event.

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