Every Woman Every Child initiative delivers

23 October 2012

Meet some mothers and babies receiving life-saving services in this new video on the progress of the Every Woman Every Child initiative.

Every Woman Every Child matters

Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. It is an unprecedented 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 and children around the world. The effort puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which presents a roadmap on how to enhance financing, strengthen policy and improve service on the ground for the most vulnerable women and children. Every Woman Every Child recognizes that all actors have an important role to play in improving women's and children's health. 

The initiative delivers

More than $40 billion was pledged at the 2010 launch, and numerous partners have made additional, and critical, financial, policy and service delivery commitments. We have already seen remarkable progress—funding has been increased and at least US$ 10 billion disbursed as of 2012, numerous commitments have been implemented and enhanced, new partners have come on board, policies improved and services strengthened on the ground.

But more help is needed.

The Secretary-General is asking the international community for the additional commitments necessary to take Every Woman Every Child past the tipping point. This would mean saving the lives of 16 million women and children, preventing 33 million unwanted pregnancies, ending stunting in 88 million children, and protecting 120 million children from pneumonia by 2015.