Monday, June 30, 2014
|9:00 am – 10:30 am Working together with all sectors
Plenary Session 1: Healthy women and children at the heart of sustainable development
Improving the health of women and children is essential to sustainable development. While the world has made progress, more can and must be done. This opening panel will explore the progress that has been achieved, as well as models that can guide our future work. Speakers will highlight areas where accelerated action and accountability is urgently needed and how the global community can ensure a strong focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the post-2015 development framework. This panel will be preceded by welcome addresses from the Government of South Africa and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, which will include the launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan and the Countdown to 2015 report.
Moderator: Nikiwe Bikitsha
|10:30 am – 11:00 am Morning Refreshment Break, preceded by 10 minutes security briefing
|Press Conference 1
• Global Launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan
• Global Launch of the Countdown to 2015 Report for 2014
|11:00 am – 12:30 pm Parallel Sessions 1: Sustaining gains, achieving targets, moving beyond mortality to healthy lives
|Session 1A: Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health: How some countries are accelerating progress to reduce maternal and child mortality.
A High Level Panel Discussion with Audience Participation.
While there has been great progress toward improving women’s and children’s health, success has varied significantly from country to country. Why are some low- and middle-income countries on the “fast-track” to achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for maternal and child health, while others lag behind? Through this interactive session and high-level panel discussion, participants will explore the in-country policy environments and multisector strategies that have accelerated progress in fast-track countries, and identify lessons adaptable for other countries. This session will also feature the formal launch of the Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health publication, which highlights successful policies and programmes in ten “fast-track” countries.
| Session 1B: Building a Future in Which Children Survive and Thrive
Evidence suggests that close to a third of all children under five, or 200 million children, do not attain their full development capacity. Using state-of-the-art evidence, this session will explore three critical areas of investment – in the first 1000 days of life, early childhood (0-8 years of age) and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) – to demonstrate the power of addressing the development needs of children through coordinated efforts within and outside the health sector. Experts will also address the rationale for investing in child development from a social, economic and sustainable development perspective.
Session 1C: Delivering Immunisation Together: Hitting the MDGs and Health Goals Beyond 2015
|Session 1D: Every Mother, Every Newborn: Ensuring Quality Care at Birth
Newborn deaths now account for at least 44% of all deaths among children under age five globally, resulting in 2.9 million deaths annually. Another 2.6 million babies die in the last three months of pregnancy or during childbirth (stillbirths). This session will introduce the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP), endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May 2014. Panellists will present and discuss implementation of this new roadmap, which aims to save three million lives each year by improving quality care at the time of birth, and support for small and sick babies.
Session 1E: Integrating NCDs into Women and Children’s Health: Solutions, Innovations, and Partnerships
Women and children in low- and middle-income countries often bear the “triple burden” of ill health related to pregnancy and childbirth, communicable diseases, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which leads to a vicious cycle of poverty, loss of income and poor health. Many of these burdens, however, can be addressed in tandem. This session will provide an overview of the evidence and rationale for integrating NCDs into the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) continuum of care. Participants will explore good practices and innovations, highlight opportunities to promote a comprehensive approach to health for the post-2015 era, and issue recommendations on the practical steps needed to further develop this integrated approach.
|12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Plenary Session 2: Health: An accountability model for Post-2015?
Moderator: Tsepiso Makwetla, SABC News
Keynote address: Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta,
Co-chair, Countdown to 2015
|3:00pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Refreshment Break
|3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Parallel Sessions 2: Health: A model of Accountability for Post-2015
Session 2A: Better Data for Better Policy Making, Programming and Accountability
Session 2B: The Every Woman Every Child Health-Model of Accountability in the Post-2015 Era: A Multi-Constituency Platform to Track Accountability.
Accountability is the cornerstone of the United Nations Secretary-General’s (UNSG) Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. Now, a review commissioned by the UNSG presents an opportunity to examine the Strategy’s accountability model and identify lessons learned to date. Findings will allow the community to develop a more robust accountability approach within the health sector, and inform discussions on accountability tied to the post-2015 development agenda. This session will build on the accountability plenary and will convene reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health stakeholders to discuss the value of accountability for health and other sectors in the post-2015 era. Participants will highlight potential governance processes and identify opportunities to build momentum around concrete outcomes and recommendations for effective accountability frameworks.
Session 2C: Accountability for RMNCH: The African Perspective and Prospects
Accountability is a key element of the African Union’s comprehensive strategy to promote women’s and children’s health in Africa. In collaboration with the Government of South Africa, PMNCH, UNFPA and WHO, the African Union will use this session to review its various women’s and children’s health initiatives and related accountability initiatives and identify mutually beneficial linkages with national and global initiatives. Following a presentation of the African Union-led RMNCH initiatives and accountability efforts, panellists will share experiences and lessons learned and make recommendations on how to improve national, regional and global accountability for better outcomes for African mothers and children.
Session 2D: Countdown to 2015 and Beyond: Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children
|Session 2E: Addressing Nutrition Needs in a Post-2015 Agenda
Ensuring healthy and balanced diets in a sustainable and efficient manner remains one of the greatest challenges to achieving optimal physical, cognitive and social development of individuals and communities. Following brief presentations on the latest research in the nutrition field, participants will discuss strategies for reducing malnutrition among the most vulnerable groups. The session will examine the role of cross-sector partnerships in preventing the double burden of malnutrition, highlight the importance of nutrition as a complement to 1,000 days-focused initiatives and issue recommendations on how to urgently address remaining obstacles.
|5:00 pm – 7:00 pm UNF & Social Good event at the Partner's Forum
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
8:30 am – 10:00 am Plenary 3: Equity – leave no one behind
Ensuring equity across all sectors, including health, will be key to the post-2015 agenda. Every woman and child, everywhere, has a right to quality health services. Session participants will discuss solutions to address inequities across various areas, including access to technology and health care in conflict environments. The conversation will be framed within the Beijing +20 and the ICPD+20, frameworks, as well as the concept of Universal Health Coverage.
|10:30 am – 11:00 am Morning Refreshment Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Parallel Sessions 3: Priorities for reducing inequities
Session 3A: Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality : We Can We Must
Session 3B: The Digital Divide: Making Mobile and ICTs a Reality for All.
There is a persistent gap in access to digital information, exacerbated by inequities in reading and technical literacy, lack of perceived need, resource gaps and lack of power, cultural norms and costs. In this session, experts will explore these barriers and discuss strategies for overcoming them. Participants will hear from specific programs that are tackling challenges such as affordability, creation of compelling digital content and engagement of household decision-makers, as well as from representatives across multiple sectors that are key to creating an enabling environment for improved digital access.
Session 3C: Integrating Services for HIV/AIDS and RMNCH to Promote Equitable Access to Quality Care for Women and Children
Session 3D: Universal Health Coverage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Common Goals, Shared Challenges.
Session 3E: Equitable Access to Quality Midwifery Care – Perspectives from Midwifery Care Providers on Making This a Reality.
Equal access to sexual and reproductive health – including family planning and maternity services for all women – and ensuring that young, first-time mothers can access the information and services they need, are key to improving the health of women and children. But they cannot be achieved without educating, deploying and supporting adequate numbers of midwives and building an environment in which they can deliver the full scope of their services. This panel will share key findings from “State of the World’s Midwifery 2014,” which analyses the progress to date and future challenges in delivering midwifery services in 73 countries. Midwifery service providers will also share their perspectives on effective strategies to address these challenges.
|12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm Millennium Development Goal Advocates Open Press/Plenary Session (open to all Forum participants)
Moderator: Mia Malan, Journalist, Mail & Guardian
2:30 pm – 3:40 pm Parallel Sessions 4: Leveraging investments for health and sustainable development
|Session 4A: Scaling-up Innovations: New ways of dealing with unfinished business.
While we’ve made great progress in improving the health of women and their children, much more needs to be done. The global community must shift its focus to scaling up high-impact, quality interventions, from both the demand and supply sides. Using country-specific case studies, speakers will highlight key actions and strategies that are being used to identify and implement effective interventions – such as social and community mobilization strategies and key accelerator behaviors – that can lead to improved health outcomes for women and their children.
|Session 4B: Investing in Adolescents and Youth as Agents of Change: The Future is a Girl Aged Ten
Adolescent girls across the world are often viewed as being of lesser value than their brothers. Their health is threatened in countless ways: gender-based violence, child marriage, unwanted pregnancies and related complications, HIV, and a lack of non-judgmental health services, among others. But these girls also have an inspiring ability to be their own agents of change, and empowering them contributes to society’s well-being. This session will highlight critical issues related to adolescent girls’ health, the benefits of engaging young leaders, and the importance of investing in youth-led organizations, particularly in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. Panellists will share experiences and lessons learned from adolescent health programs and identify adolescent health priorities for the post-2015 agenda.
Session 4C. Mobilization of resources to RMNCH investments for reaching 2035 targets
Session 4D. Investing in Community Strategies for maternal and child health.
Session 4E.Getting It Right: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Family Planning in the Post-2015 Agenda
|3:40 pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Refreshment Break
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Plenary Session 4: Leveraging investments for health and sustainable development
Investing in maternal, newborn and child health means investing in our future. As we approach 2015, we must ensure that financial commitments continue to prioritize the health of women and children everywhere. This plenary will explore how innovative financing collaborations between global south players, regional blocs and new public-private partners can support health and development in an integrated manner. Panelists will also discuss the role these mechanisms play in leveraging new funding sources for health.
Moderator: Nikiwe Bikitsha, Broadcaster and Columnist
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Plenary Session 5: Our common vision: Delivering health and development for women and children beyond 2015
Cross-sector partnerships are essential to accelerating efforts to improve RMNCH. As the Forum draws to a close, panelists will explore how best to align the roles of private, public, civil society and other sectors – and how stakeholders can work together to accelerate progress toward health for all. This plenary aims to establish a common vision and galvanize partners for action beyond 2015, acting as a launchpad for the Partners’ Forum communiqué.
MC: Nikiwe Bikitsha
Video Address from Phumzile Mlambo- Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women
Presentation of Partners’ Forum Communiqué.
|Closing remarks: Representative of the Government of the Republic of South Africa