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Private Sector Engagement Guide for “Every Woman Every Child” Launched


By: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, the UN Foundation and the Innovation Working Group

A new guide for companies, entitled “Private Enterprise for Public Health: Opportunities for Business to Improve Women’s and Children’s Health”, explores how companies can create shared value and collective impact to help save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015.

The guide presents concrete opportunities for different industries to improve women’s and children’s health through the development of new products or services, and improved delivery and health systems. Moving beyond the concepts of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, the guide identifies areas of engagement for companies through their core business skills for the development of sustainable solutions that can be brought to scale in partnerships with governments, the United Nations, civil society and other partners for the accelerated achievement of health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The guide offers several examples of such innovative, sustainable and scalable partnerships with companies including as Intel, Globo TV, Safaricom, Bharti Airtel, Novartis, Merck, J&J, Becton Dickinson and many more.

“Private Enterprise for Public Health” was developed under the auspices of the Innovation Working Group (IWG) in support of Every Woman Every Child, co-chaired by the Government of Norway and Johnson & Johnson, and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) in collaboration with FSG consultancy and other partners. An extensive consultation process with businesses and other stakeholders, through interviews and key events, including the World Economic Forum in Davos (2012), took place over the course of one year. Over 70 private sector initiatives were reviewed from five key industries including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital technologies, financial services and media & communication. It was launched at the London Family Planning Summit (11 July 2012), hosted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government, at a special event organized by IWG, PMNCH and the UN Foundation.

With the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals fast approaching, the time to act is now. The guide provides contacts and key partners to take the recommendations forward with focus on the countries. If you are interested to collaborate in next steps, please contact: iwg-pmnch@who.int.

To read the guide in full and learn about the innovative ways that companies and governments are improving women and children’s health together, please click here.

In support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, the IWG serves as the global hub for innovation in the Every Woman Every Child movement. Comprised of five actionable task forces, IWG catalyzes the initiation and enables the scaling of innovations across technologies, social, financial, policy, and business domains. PMNCH, a multi-stakeholder global alliance of over 400 members hosted by the World Health Organization, serves as the IWG Secretariat. To learn more about the Innovation Working Group, please click here.

For more information, please contact Barbara Bulc, Advisor to PMNCH, Strategic Partnerships and Private Sector, Global Development.