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The WellBeing Foundation joins stakeholders at WHO PMNCH Partners Forum in India

Friday, November 26th, 2010

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The WellBeing Foundation joined stakeholders in the global drive for improved Maternal, Newborn and Child for a two-day Partners Forum at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India between November 12 and November 14, 2010.

The Conference which was called by the Global Partnership on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), of which WBF is a member, sought to engage stakeholders from governments, civil society organizations, media, communities and donor agencies on the best way to ensure that the promises of the past few years are translated into action towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The conference therefore had the theme: “From Pledges to Action”

WBF and its strategic partner, Stronghold Support Services Limited, distributors of the wave making Personal Health Record (PHR) were at the conference with Information, Enlightenment and Communications materials as well as the Personal Health Record which is reputed to be one of the most significant innovations towards the att

ainment of MDGs 4 and 5 in Nigeria. The PHR generated a lot of questions among stakeholders especially among Indians who said that the idea of producing the record in triplicate was innovative and would helpful in their country

As WBF Founder/President, Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Saraki is National Champion; MNCH for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRAN), the Foundation also had WRAN coordinator, Mr. Tonte Ibraye on its delegation.

At the end of the conference which had four plenary sessions and about two dozen parallel sessions, WBF joined hundreds of individual stakeholders and organizations who attended the conference to among others:

• Welcome the commitments and outcomes that world leaders agreed to in the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health launched at the MDG Summit in September 2010; and encourage further commitments to funding fully costed national plans for achieving MDGs 4 and 5.

• Work with governments and other key stakeholders to transform into action the pledges made in the Global Strategy.

• Act on the emerging consensus on priority, evidence-based interventions, and ensure these are articulated in the form of national plans and implemented equitably at scale through the continuum of care, in order to achieve the agreed results for women’s, newborns’ and children’s health.

• Agree to shared principles for advocacy, action and accountability:

• Affirm the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health is an active participant to track commitments and results and thus ensure mutual accountability.

• Agree to regularly monitor and report on progress, and meet again in 2015, in Delhi, to evaluate the achievement of our shared global commitments to women’s, newborns’ and children’s health, development and human rights.

COMMUNIQUE FROM THE 2010 PMNCH FORUM

Delhi Declaration 2010 of November 14, 2010

We the partners of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health:

 
  • Welcome the commitments and outcomes that world leaders agreed to in the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health launched at the MDG Summit in September 2010; and encourage further commitments to funding fully costed national plans for achieving MDGs 4 and 5.
  • Shall work with governments and other key stakeholders to transform into action the pledges made in the Global Strategy.
  • Will act on the emerging consensus on priority, evidence-based interventions, and ensure these are articulated in the form of national plans and implemented equitably at scale through the continuum of care, in order to achieve the agreed results for women’s, newborns’ and children’s health.
  • Agree to shared principles for advocacy, action and accountability:
  • A core set of indicators, integrated into country monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, so all partners are accountable for the commitments and results agreed to in the Global Strategy.
  • A multi-stakeholder process to ensure inclusiveness and participation, including the most vulnerable and marginalized.
  • Harmonization of existing efforts to ensure that there is complementarity between partners’ work.
  • Regular progress reports to the World Health Assembly and UN General Assembly.
  • Shall collaborate with WHO to speedily implement the role it was tasked with in the Global Strategy, to: “chair a process to determine the most effective international institutional arrangements for global reporting, oversight and accountability on women’s and children’s health”.
  • Affirm the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health is an active participant to track commitments and results and thus ensure mutual accountability.
  • Agree to regularly monitor and report on progress, and meet again in 2015, in Delhi, to evaluate the achievement of our shared global commitments to women’s, newborns’ and children’s health, development and human rights.


Maternal and Child Survival: Toyin Saraki Writes to Sarah Brown

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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The National Champion for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health for the White Ribbon Alliance For Safe Motherhood(WRA) Her Excellency, Mrs Toyin Saraki of Kwara State has vowed that the One Voice Campaign, a coalition of stakeholders dedicated to the fight against maternal, newborn and child mortality will work with Sarah Brown, the wife of former British Prime Minister to achieve the  Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.

In a recent letter to Mrs  Brown, who is Global Patron for WRA, Mrs Saraki noted that the battle against the scourge of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria has made tremendous progress since she initiated and led an advocacy visit to the Federal Ministry of Health in 2005. She explained that at that meeting, she stressed that the issue of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health should be at the forefront of Nigeria’s home affairs.  She noted  that the fact that  Nigeria is making progressive steps towards tackling maternal, newborn and child mortality can also be said to account for the recent appointment of  the immediate-past Health Minister, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin as Spokesman for Maternal Health in Africa by the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health(PMNCH).

Mrs Saraki,  pointed out that her conviction for  the need for broader participation in the  battle against maternal, newborn and child mortality encouraged  her to  facilitate the recent meeting between the Nigerian First Lady, Her Excellency Dame Patience Jonathan and the White Ribbon Alliance with the hope that the meeting and the expected investiture of the First Lady as National Matron of the White Ribbon Alliance will provide a timely fillip to the continuum of the goals defined at the 2009 High Level Maternal Health Task Force meeting at 10 Downing Street hosted  in 2009.

She said that as part of the steps tackle the scourge, the One Voice Nigeria Health Campaign was inaugurated on May 18th 2010 as a cross sectoral campaign unifying all stakeholders under one umbrella as a national task force, culminating in the formulation and delivery of the Abuja Declaration on MNCH to the leaders of the African Union and subsequently, the Heads of Government of the G8 Nations on Nigeria’s behalf.

The National Championed explained that the One Voice Campaign is tasked with   consolidating the national advocacy effort following the solicitation of personal support of the First Lady by replicating this advocacy programme with the wives of the 36 State Governors through encouraging the establishment of WRAN State Chapters.

In a personal letter to Mrs Saraki recently, Mrs Brown noted that: “Her Excellency Mrs Saraki has shown true commitment towards Nigeria’s fight against maternal, newborn and child mortality. These issues must be put at the forefront of each country’s national agenda”.

Alaafia Encourages Women to Screen for Cancer

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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A statement issued by the Liaison Director of the Foundation, Mr. Niran Adedokun, said that membership of “The Partnership”, as it is called, requires a “commitment to Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, in accordance with The Partnership’s guiding principles and conceptual framework, and that the WellBeing Foundation has satisfied all the criteria, conditions and responsibilities required to become a member of The Partnership.” (The Partnership has a broad membership that includes country partners, international agencies, donors, non-governmental organizations, professional associations and research and academic institutions.)

The statement from the foundation also said that on her part, the President and Founder of the Foundation, the First Lady of Kwara State, Mrs Toyin Saraki, has expressed great satisfaction on the recognition of the foundation’s work in the area of maternal health and child survival and the acceptance of WBF as a member of the partnership. She also restated her determination to remain at the forefront of maternal and child health issues in Nigeria, while giving her full support to the Federal Government’s Integrated Maternal, Newborn and Child Health strategy.

The Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) was launched in September 2005 when the world’s three leading maternal, newborn and child health alliances joined forces under the new name of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. These organizations were: the Partnership for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health, hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva; the Healthy Newborn Partnership, based at Save the Children USA; and the Child Survival Partnership, hosted by UNICEF in New York.

Sources: http://www.who.int/pmnch/en/ Vanguard News Nigeria