72nd World Health Assembly: Women, children and adolescents at the heart of UHC

A health worker administers a vaccine. Brazil.
Flickr CC Alejandro Zambrana

20-28 May | Geneva, Switzerland
Improving the health of women, girls and adolescents, is at the centre of UHC’s broad health and development goals, and critical to their achievement. During the 72nd session of the World Health Assembly, PMNCH in collaboration with partners will host events throughout the week that highlight principles, opportunities, and challenges for the inclusion of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health in national UHC packages.

Lessons on health financing, legislation, and partnerships: workshop at the 140th IPU Assembly


8 April 2019 - More than 80 parliamentarians gathered for a workshop organized by IPU, PMNCH and WHO during the 140 IPU Assembly in Doha to exchange lessons on efforts to improve the health of women, children and adolescents in their countries. Three panels focusing on legislation, financing and partnerships, presided over by the IPU President Gabriela Cuevas Barron, highlighted various challenges faced by parliamentarians in improving the legal and budgetary environments.

Strengthening quality midwifery education

Health centre in Mbanza Ngungu, DRC. Nurse and mother admiring new born child in postnatal ward in maternity department.
S. Torfinn

Midwifery education is a key solution to the challenge of providing universal and quality maternal and newborn care to meet our Sustainable Development Goals. While improving access to care is critical, ensuring good quality of care has an even greater impact in terms of lives saved. WHO, ICM, UNFPA and UNICEF are finalising a report and action plan for strengthening quality midwifery education to be released at the World Health Assembly, 20-28 May 2019.

Now live: The EWEC 2018 Progress Reporting Questionnaire for Non-State Commitment-Makers

Two African women talking to each other
David Rochkind, USAID

13 March 2019 - PMNCH, the EWEC Secretariat and FP2020 invite all EWEC non-state commitment-makers to provide progress updates on the Every Woman Every Child Commitments Platform portal between 4 March and 15 April 2019. This year, the Progress Questionnaire cycle will cover progress made from the period of September 2015 (or the start of the EWEC commitment) to the end of December 2018. Information from the 2018 EWEC commitment progress reporting will contribute to advance reporting on the overall EWEC Global Strategy and will be highlighted at the PMNCH Accountability Breakfast during the UN General Assembly in September.

Acting Chair: Government of India, represented by Preeti Sudan

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  • 20 – 21 March 2019

    Mobilizing youth to transform the health agenda in the South East Asia Region

    A town hall organized by WHO in collaboration with PMNCH and the Indonesian Ministry of Health, brought together youth networks and key partners to exchange inputs and recommendations on how to increase collaboration and engagement of youth groups in one of the six Every Woman Every Child focus areas— adolescent health and wellbeing. The consultation provided a platform for young people to express their views and the priorities they want to be reflected in their respective national policies and plans and offered them an opportunity to interact with key stakeholders on public health issues.

  • 19-20 February

    Leveraging investments in health management information systems and data visualization to strengthen accountability for women, children and adolescents

    Africa CDC held its first convening since its launch in 2016, with African Union (AU) Member States on health information systems. The meeting, co-sponsored by UNAIDS, and with support from PMNCH centered around the use of an electronic data visualization system called The Health Situation Room to produce flexible, interactive reports that can be used by health officials at all levels for decision making.

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