PMNCH & partner side event at WEF Africa

3-6 MAY 2011 |CAPE TOWN, South Africa

Key stakeholders discuss opportunities to save women and children

World Economic Forum on Africa

Several key private and public sector stakeholders discussed private sector actions and commitments to the UN Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health at the World Economic Forum 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop, organized by World Vision International, Intel, PMNCH, mHealth Alliance and the UN Foundation, focused on providing private sector actors with a road map to making commitments for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) at the UN General Assembly in September.

At the event

Participants engaged on public-private partnerships, accountability, evaluation paradigms, business models, and how public-private partnerships can work for the private sector towards long-term emerging market development. Private sector actors were encouraged to scale-up their existing projects and programs dedicated to improving RMNCH in developing areas. Policy and standards issues and difficulties were discussed in the context of involving individual third-party actors as well as local governments. The difficulty of getting governments to engage with entrepreneurs on policies and standards was tackled in discussion.

Finally, some key issues in developing public-private partnerships for RMNCH were discussed: how local governments can become involved to direct technology and innovation development towards the largest gaps in RMNCH and to work with the private and public sector to develop concrete standards for RMNCH in the future.

Representatives from World Vision International, mHealth Alliance, the UN Foundation and PMNCH held specific discussions with participants from private sector entities such as ICLEI, Becton Dickinson, Cell-Life, Mothers2Mothers, Fleishman-Hillard, and Der Spiegel Online, as well as participants from public-private partnerships such as GAIN, World Vision, and mHealth Alliance, and public sector entities such as World Bank, Global Health Council, and UNICEF. John Davies, Intel's Vice President for their World Ahead program shared some encouraging mobile health success stories at scale from China, Nigeria and Mexico.