2018 was an extraordinary year for PMNCH, with the diversity of our work showcased at the 2018 Partners’ Forum. Other achievements included our work in a number of EWEC focus areas, country engagement, accountability, political engagement and resource mobilization. The Board and Executive Committee also adopted the PMNCH 2018-2020 Business Plan.
In 2017, PMNCH drew on the strength of its partners to drive greater collaboration. The platform continued to sustain commitments to women, children and adolescents by joining with advocacy networks to advocate for significant investment in and attention to critical issues, we shared best practices and accountability remained at the forefront of our work. This report describes the Partnership’s key achievements in 2017.
The 2016 Annual Report sets out the key achievements of the Partnership in the first year of implementing its new Strategic Plan 2016-2020. The report highlights key moments, including the work of the Adolescent & Youth Constituency, the Partnership’s role in operationalizing the Unified Accountability Framework and extensive work done in 2016 to raise the profile of SRMNCAH in broader global health and development agendas. The partner-centric approach is evident throughout and the achievements documented are a testament to the power of partnership.
2015 was a landmark year for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and for the SRMNCAH community. In September, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that established global development priorities for the next 15 years. The Partnership was closely involved in advocacy related to the development of the SDGs throughout the year, with particular focus on ensuring that the SDGs emphasize areas in which progress has lagged.
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health in 2014 focused on two main areas of work: drawing attention to the remaining gaps in reaching the MDGs, including newborn and adolescent health, and promoting greater visibility for women’s, children’s and adolescent health in the global development framework emerging as part of the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs).
With just two years left until 2015 and the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era, the
Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) took a pragmatic decision in 2013. It struck
a balance between accelerating progress towards achieving MDGs 4 and 5 on child and maternal health
(taking account of other related MDGs) while looking ahead to the post-2015 development agenda – and
promoting the role of women and children in that global agenda.
The year 2012 was marked by great progress in innovation and consolidation in the area of women’s and children’s health. After the massive scale-up in attention and effort that followed the 2010 launch of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, it was a year of growing sophistication, with efforts focused on neglected areas in the Continuum of Care and aimed at helping both the global community and local implementers to address issues and priorities that have not yet taken centre stage.
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) is committed to achieving universal access to high-quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) care and services. The major emphasis in recent years has been on accelerating efforts towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals – in particular MDGs 4 and 5, which refer specifically to reproductive, maternal and child health and which are not currently on-track for successful implementation.
The past year was one of the most encouraging I can remember in terms of improvements in the health of women and children. After many years when reducing the terrible toll of deaths in infants, small children and their mothers seemed frustratingly elusive, at last we saw evidence of real progress. We cannot and should not put too much faith in numbers alone, but when those numbers emerge from painstaking research by reputable scientists they deserve our respect and attention. The numbers published in 2010 tell us that maternal and child deaths are going down, year by year, especially among some of the most vulnerable populations in the poorest countries of the world.