Back 31 January 2018

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

In December 2017, The ICM President, Franka Cadée and CEO, Sally Pairman attended a Board meeting of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (The Partnership, PMNCH) meeting in Malawi. This article briefly introduces  PMNCH and summarises discussion and decisions from the meeting. 

The Partnership is an alliance of more than 1000 organizations in 77 countries from the sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health communities, as well as health influencing sectors. The Partnership provides a platform for organizations to align objectives, strategies and resources, and agree on interventions to improve maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health to achieve more together than they would have been able to achieve individually. The Partnership is governed by a Board, and administered by a Secretariat hosted at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. 

For the last few years  PMNCH has been chaired by H.E ‘Mama’ Graça Machel. From April 2018 H.E. Ms Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of the Republic of Chile has accepted the role as Board Chair.

PMNCH group photo

Group photo with taken during the PMNCH meeting with President of Malawi H.E Peter Mutharika

The members of PMNCH are drawn from ten constituencies to facilitate communication and management of members’ interactions with the Partnership:

  1. Academic, Research and Training Institutes (ART)
  2. Adolescents & Youth (AY)
  3. Donors and Foundations (D&F)
  4. Global Financing Mechanisms (GFM)
  5. Healthcare Professional Associations (HCPA)
  6. Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGO)
  7. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)
  8. Partner Governments (PG)
  9. Private Sector (PS)
  10. United Nations Agencies (UNA)

Each constituency has a chair person from among its members, and a focal point in the PMNCH Secretariat, who supports the work of the constituency and its chair. The constituency chairperson a member of the Executive Committee of the PMNCH Board.  ICM is a member of the Healthcare Professional Associations (HCPA) Constituency, and together with IPA and FIGO  has a permanent seat on the Board of PMNCH. The chair of the HCPA constituency, currently IPA, has a seat on the executive Board of PMNCH. 

Faanka in Malawi 2017 

 L-R: ICM President, Franka Cadée; Juliana Lunguzi, Malawi Member of Parliament and Katja Iverson, CEO Women Deliver at the PMNCH meeting in Malawi, December 2017


Three most important issues discussed/decided at the PMNCH Malawi meeting December 2017:

Part 1: Review implementation of the 2017 PMNCH work plan

  • 2017 activities and outcomes were noted 

Part 2: Improving alignment among core partners of Every Woman Every Child (EWEC)

  • EWEC Alignment consultation findings and recommendations were discussed, including next steps.

Part 3: Looking towards 2018: PMNCH work planning and Partners’ Forum:

  • Progress on preparations for the 2018 Partners’ Forum were noted 
  • Broad direction of PMNCH 2018 workplan and budget were noted and approaches to improve partner-centric delivery of the workplan were discussed, including greater emphasis on thematic focus areas in line with the EWEC Partners’ Framework. 

Important dates:

  1. PMNCH 22nd Board meeting and associated events in Stockholm, Sweden;
  • 6 June: pre-Board constituency and Executive Committee meetings
  • 7-8 June: 22nd Board meeting ICM to be represented by Franka Cadée and Ingela Wiklund with regional Board member and others in attendance as observors.  
  1. PMNCH 23rd Board meeting plus Partners Forum: Delhi, India 4-8th December 2018. ICM to be represented by Franka Cadée and Sally Pairman with Mary Kirk in attendance as observer 

For more information on PMNCH click HERE 


About Every Woman Every Child (EWEC)

More info about EWEC click HERE 

Important publication click HERE  

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched EWEC during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, Every Woman Every Child  is a global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents around the world. The movement puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, which presents a roadmap to ending all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation and ensuring their well-being.

**EWEC High Level  Steering Group (HLSG ) To help provide leadership and inspire ambitious action for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, as well as encourage collaboration and integration with relevant areas of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Secretary-General established a High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child. The group is co-chaired by H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of the Republic of Chile, and H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and two alternate co-chairs, H.E. Ms. Tarja Halonen, former President of the Republic of Finland, and H.E. Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

H6 arethe six member organizations (UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO and the World Bank Group) of the partnership who provide technical support to high-burden countries in their efforts to implement the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030 and reach the targets of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals



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