UN chief urges private sector to boost maternal health

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need for the private sector to contribute more to improving maternal health services across the world through the UN's 'Every Woman, Every Child' initiative.

PANA reports that Ban made the statement on Tuesday at the 'Every Woman, Every Child' Taking Action Summit' in New York.

“We want to connect the private sector’s greatest strengths with the public sector’s greatest challenges, in order to boost maternal health globally. Philanthropy can play a particularly important role as a catalyst for under-resourced and often neglected areas of women’s and children’s health that can be quickly made available for larger public and private flows.

“Now is the moment for old and new partners to do more – because we are in a race against time,” Ban said.

The UN chief also said that partners in the Every Woman, Every Child movement vary – from vaccine donor to grant maker, product innovator to technology developer, researcher to logistics experts, policy advocates to communication specialists.

The Every Woman, Every Child effort, launched in 2010, aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015 by mobilising governments, multi-laterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world.

To date, the initiative has brought together 260 partners and made ambitious commitments to advance its goal, and billions of dollars in new funding for women’s and children’s health have been mobilised, with US$10 billion already delivered.

The one-day Summit was hosted by the UN Foundation, the MDG Health Alliance and JP Morgan Chase Bank.
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08 may 2013 12:40:54

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