Tag Archives: Maternal health

UNESCO reports world is off-track to reach education for all

Global Monitoring Report coverThe 2011 UNESCO Global Monitoring Report (GMR) was released on Tuesday. The report, which is released annually, details progress toward achieving the Education for All (EFA) Goals. The good news from this year’s report is that the number of out-of-school children in 2008 reduced to 67 million, from 72 million the year before. However, the reduction is slowing and there may be more children out of school by 2015 than there are today if more is not done.

In addition, each year’s report addresses a focus theme, which in 2011 is education and conflict in fragile states. The report, called “The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict in Education”, points out that the provision of universal education is seriously hampered by armed conflict, war and civil unrest.  With half of all out-of-school kids living in conflict affected or fragile countries, this issue needs to be addressed and taken seriously. Continue reading

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APPG on Global Education for All hears from head of key education funding body

Carol BellamyYesterday the APPG on Global Education for All, a group of parliamentarians working to promote education for all around the world which RESULTS supports by providing a Secretariat, were visited by Carol Bellamy. Carol is Chair of the Board of the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (FTI).

The FTI is a global education partnership between donor and developing countries, which provides roughly $300 million annually in grant funding for national education strategies in low income countries. It is one of the leading international forums helping to achieve education for all, and is based on a ‘compact’ of mutual accountability. Under these agreements developing nations are responsible for taking ownership of crafting national education plans, with budget accountability and a greater commitment of political and financial resources, while donor countries commit to providing the additional technical know-how and funding required. This is designed to ensure that no country that has met its obligations would fail for lack of resources or technical capacity. Continue reading

DFID launches strategies on malaria and maternal health

On the final day of 2010 the UK Department for International Development launched its strategies for enhancing maternal health and controlling malaria.  Together, these seek to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and children in the poorest countries of the world.

The maternal and newborn health strategy, Choices for women outlines two strategic priorities for maternal health – preventing unintended pregnancies and ensuring that pregnancy and childbirth are safe.   Choices for women aims to save the lives of at least 50,000 women during pregnancy and childbirth and 250,000 new born babies by 2015.  Measures in the paper will also mean that at least 10 million more women are able to use modern methods of family planning, 5 million unintended pregnancies are prevented and at least 2 million safe deliveries.  This drive builds on the G8’s commitment following their 2010 meeting in Muskoka Canada, where leaders promised to accelerate efforts to address maternal and child health. Continue reading

Welcome to 2011!

Everyone at RESULTS UK would like to send our readers a short welcome to 2011! We hope your holidays were good, restful and invigorating, as we have a very exciting year lined up for 2011. Continue reading

Recording of December conference call now online

On Tuesday, we held our monthly Conference Call which was titled: ‘World Aids Day 2010 – Telling the positive stories about aid to international development’.  Our guest on the call was Alexander Woollcombe, who is the UK Government Relations Manager at the One Campaign where a part of his job is to ensure that promises made about aid are honoured by the UK. One of the campaigns he is presently working on focuses on ending mother to child HIV transmission by 2015. A recording of the call is now available to download here. If you weren’t able to join us on the call do listen to the recording and take the action. Continue reading

November Action Materials Now Available

The November Action Pack is now available on the RESULTS UK website. Our conference call this month will look at how to effectively remove user fees for basic healthcare in developing countries. The call will be held on Tuesday 2 November 2010 at 8pm. To join in, contact your local group leader or the RESULTS office. Continue reading

RESULTS UK responds to DFID’s consultation on reproductive, maternal and newborn health

Pregnant woman at UNICEF-supported health center in Sam Ouandja refugee camp, credit: Pierre Holtz for UNICEF

Pregnant woman at UNICEF-supported health center in Sam Ouandja refugee camp, credit: Pierre Holtz for UNICEF

Within days of becoming Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell stated that he would put women and girls at the centre of DFID’s approach to fighting poverty. Improving reproductive, maternal and newborn health in the developing world is a major part of the drive to do so. DFID is therefore developing a new business plan, which will determine the UK’s contribution towards reducing maternal mortality. The aim is to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted and that every birth is safe. In doing so, DFID also want make an enormous contribution to reducing child mortality – particularly through improving the survival chances of newborn babies.

Twelve weeks ago, DFID launched a consultation to gather input into the new business plan on reproductive, maternal and newborn health. Contributions have been made by individuals and organisations from a broad range of backgrounds. Continue reading