Key news in 2016


Government of India and BBC Media Action Launch Free Mobile Health Education to Millions of Women


The Government of India has launched a nation-wide mobile health program designed by BBC Media Action to train one million community health workers and help nearly 10 million new and expecting mothers make healthier choices and lead longer, healthier lives.

The Lancet to launch new “Ending Preventable Stillbirths Series”


Following the successful Stillbirth Series from The Lancet in April 2011, a new follow-on series — Ending Preventable Stillbirths—will be launched on 19 January 2016 . This Series on stillbirths is a multi-partner, multi-country collaboration reflecting the commitment of the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) community to the wellbeing of women and preventing millions of preventable deaths, including from stillbirths. The main global launch event will take place in London from 5.00 to 6.45 pm UK time and the event will be live web-streamed.

Secretary-General appoints Mrs Machel, PMNCH Board Chair as one of SDG advocates


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of a group of eminent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates to help promote action to achieve the SDGs adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015. Among the 16 newly appointed advocates is Mrs Graça Machel, The Partnership Board Chair and Founder of the Graça Machel Trust.

UN Secretary-General Announces Members of the High-Level Advisory

21 JANUARY 2016 | DAVOS, SWITZERLAND - The UN Secretary-General announced today the first members of the High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child. The Partnership is delighted that our Board Chair, Mrs Graça Machel, is one of the initial members named and will work together with this group to provide leadership and inspire ambitious action for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health during the transition from the MDGs to the universal Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

New Countdown Case Study highlights Malawi as early adopter, early achiever

21 JANUARY 2016 | LILONGWE, MALAWI - Nearly a third of Malawi’s population lives in severe poverty, but the eyes of the global health community have turned to this small, land-locked nation of 16 million because it is one of only a few countries in sub-Saharan Africa that achieved MDG 4 by reducing under-5 mortality by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. In a paper published in Lancet Global Health, a Countdown to 2015 research team confirms that Malawi had met its MDG 4 target by as early as 2013, and seeks to explain Malawi’s success in improving child survival.

The Lancet: Breastfeeding could add $300 billion into the global economy and save lives

28 JANUARY 2016 | WASHINGTON, DC — The Lancet Breastfeeding series released today finds that greater investment in breastfeeding could add $300 billion into the global economy and save about 820,000 lives each year. The study also highlights the many barriers to breastfeeding women face and notes that stronger national policies and programs key to eliminating them. The launch of this new series on breastfeeding offers the largest and most comprehensive analysis to quantify levels, trends, and benefits of breastfeeding around the world.