About

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) is the world’s largest alliance for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. It brings together over 1,000 partner organizations from 10 constituencies across 192 countries.

No other partnership has the breadth, depth and diversity of PMNCH. From governments to private sector businesses, from health-care professionals to grassroots activists: our work connects the smallest village to the United Nations General Assembly, and vice versa.

PMNCH provides a platform for diverse organizations from donor agencies, national governments, the UN, academia, NGOs, the private sector, youth organizations and other groups to align objectives, strategies and resources, and to agree on evidence for action to support the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, including through Universal Health Coverage and Primary Health Care.

Improving the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents is the greatest collective endeavour of our time. We live in a world of gross inequality and injustice, but also of unprecedented progress. Since 1990, the number of women dying during childbirth or from pregnancy-related causes has fallen by 44% and the number of deaths among children under age 5 has fallen by 53%. This progress has been achieved largely through the power of partnerships.

PMNCH has worked since its inception in 2005 to forge and strengthen these partnerships and to drive momentum towards the attainment of global targets for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.

Achievements

PMNCH’s achievements include:

  • giving voice to over 7,000 organizations worldwide by facilitating consultations on the Sustainable Development Goals for health and on the Global Strategy;
  • collaborating with key Every Women Every Child partners to orchestrate US$88 billion in concrete, measurable commitments since 2010;
  • helping to secure global agreements between the 192 Member States of the United Nations through the United Nations General Assembly and the World Health Assembly (e.g. the SDGs and the Every Newborn Action Plan);
  • securing Member State resolutions on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) that prioritize action for women, children and adolescents (WHA May 2019; UNGA Sept 2019; IPU Oct 2019);
  • strengthening the inclusion of adolescent and youth voices (development of the Global Consensus Statement on Meaningful Adolescent & Youth Engagement endorsed by over 250 organizations in 2018) and building youth capacity through grants to develop coalitions and undertake joint advocacy and accountability work.

Our vision

A world in which every woman, child and adolescent, in stable, fragile and humanitarian settings, realizes their right to physical and mental health and well-being, has social and economic opportunities, and is able to participate fully in shaping prosperous and sustainable societies.

Our mission

To increase the engagement, alignment and accountability of partners by creating a multistakeholder platform to support successful implementation of the Global Strategy.