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Launch of the Framework on Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development

Organized by
UNICEF, Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN), World Bank Group, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, & the World Health Organization

May 23
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CEST
Ecole Hôtelière Genève (Near Vieux Bois Restaurant)
Geneva, Switzerland

RSVP by May 16

The Nurturing Care Framework has been developed through global public consultations with Member States and all partners throughout 2018. It provides a roadmap for action, building upon state-of-the art evidence of how early child development unfolds and of the effective policies and interventions that can improve early childhood development. This event will launch the Framework and provide space for discussion among partners and Member States about actions that must be taken to implement the framework at country level.

Geneva launch of the Report of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on SRHR

Organized by
Guttmacher Institute, UNFPA, WHO, and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH)

May 21
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM CEST
Espace Gallatin – Domaine de Penthes
Route de Pregny – 1292 Chambésy


This event will build upon and carry forward the momentum of the recent global launch (9 May, Johannesburg) of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), which was announced in September 2015 with the goal of developing a bold, comprehensive and actionable agenda for SRHR over the next 15 years and beyond. Ultimately, the Commission aims to encourage the adoption of policies and programs that support SRHR for all at the global, regional and country levels.


Global Financing Facility (GFF) Spring 2018 Webinar Series – Part 1: Introduction to the GFF for CSOs (English)

Organized by
Global Health Council and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH)

Global Financing Facility (GFF) Spring 2018 Webinar Series
Part 1: Introduction to the GFF for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) (English)
April 3
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT


Register for the webinar in French


The Global Financing Facility (GFF) was launched at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa in July 2015 in support of Every Woman Every Child, with the goal to contribute to the global efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths and improve the health and quality of life of women, adolescents and children. It is a key financing platform and a broad partnership including GAVI, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MSD for Mothers, and the governments Canada, Norway, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This innovative country-led financing model brings together diverse sources of financing in a harmonized and coordinated way to support national priorities for women, children and adolescents. Since 2015, 16 eligible countries have benefited from this financing mechanism. At its last board meeting in Maputo, in November 2017, the GFF recently announced that 10 more countries will join the 16 existing countries: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malawi, and Rwanda.

This webinar is for CSOs in new GFF Countries (including youth organizations), but it is open to all who would like an introduction to the GFF and Civil Society engagement in it. Drawing on the experience of civil society engagement in the GFF process in countries and at the global level to-date, on this webinar, the GFF Civil Society Coordinating Group will provide an overview of the GFF, lessons from civil society engagement in GFF countries to-date, and opportunities for civil society to engage in the GFF process, with a view to informing civil society organizations (CSOs) in the 10 new countries on means of engagement, and tools and resources available to support them.


Global Financing Facility Webinar Series Starts March 21
GHC and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) will host the first webinar in a three-part series on March 21 at 10:00 AM EDT to discuss feedback received on the draft Global Financing Facility (GFF) Civil Society Engagement Strategy. The strategy, developed by PMNCH in partnership with the GFF Secretariat, is intended to enhance civil society engagement in the GFF, a multi-stakeholder initiative that supports country-led efforts to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. The webinar will also provide an opportunity for partners to provide any additional feedback and recommendations. The draft is currently available in English and en Français. Learn more and register for the webinar series.

The Lucky Specials: A Movie Demystifying TB
The Lucky Specials, a film which seeks to educate viewers about the risk, prevention, and treatment of tuberculosis (TB), commemorates World TB Day 2017 on March 24. The movie tells the story of an aspiring cover band from a small South African mining town. On the verge of a huge career break, the band’s hopes and futures are cast in doubt as its key members are infected by TB. The film’s plot expertly addresses several misconceptions, treatment barriers, and stigma related to the disease. The movie makers, Discovery Learning Alliance (DLA), intend to broadcast the film throughout sub-Saharan Africa over the next several months. In addition, DLA is partnering with governments, community health workers, NGOs, schools, and the private sector to reach target audiences. A free download of the movie will be made available to the public in mid-2017. View the movie trailer.

Health Care Crisis in Syria Continues as Conflict Enters Its 7th Year
Last week marked six years of war and turmoil in the Syrian Arab Republic. Since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011, civil unrest and armed conflict in the country have resulted in a rapidly increasing number of people being displaced both within and outside of Syria. The situation has created serious public health concerns, including: widespread malnutrition, mental health challenges, and low vaccination rates in children under the age of 5. More than half of the country’s health care facilities have been destroyed or damaged during attacks, while two-thirds of its health workers have fled to other countries for safety. Invisible Wounds, a new global report by GHC member Save the Children, highlights the mental impacts and psychological scars the conflict has left on the children of Syria. Read the report and learn how you can get involved in the ongoing response to the crisis.

Workshop on Best Practices for Global Health Experiential Learning
NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Secondary Field in Global Health and Health Policy at Harvard University,  GHC member Child Family Health International, and GlobalSL will host a workshop at the CUGH conference on competencies, assessments, and other pedagogies of global health fieldwork on April 6 in Washington, DC. The workshop aims to build skills and resources to improve risk-management, optimize cross-cultural learning, deliver effective reflection, and create structures for program management and administration. It will bring together leaders in international and global health education to explore best practices to optimize global health experiential learning. View event and registration details.

Emerging NCD Crisis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
A new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit examines the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries. The report highlights cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer as some of the leading contributors to the global NCD epidemic. It calls on donors to revise allocation priorities and for governments to address the various shortfalls and capacity constraints in their health systems, which limit a patient’s ability to access quality care and treatment. With a shortage of diagnostic tools and trained personnel across the developing world, the report emphasizes the need for innovative solutions such as mobile phone technology to improve the consistency and frequency of routine checks and management of chronic conditions. Read full report.

Feedback Requested on the Zero Draft of the Global Strategy

Shaping the future for healthy women, children and adolescents

We want your input
The zero draft of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health is now available! Log on to the interactive consultation hub and take the survey on the zero draft Strategy

The second round survey is online until 5th June and PMNCH wants your input on the zero draft Strategy. All feedback provided through this consultation process will be considered in the development of the final version of the Strategy set to launch at the UN General Assembly in September.




A second Synthesis Report, incorporating feedback from this consultation round will be published by 15th June. All public responses to this survey will be posted on the interactive online hub. Join us to learn, comment and share. Together, we can build a healthy future for women, children and adolescents.