Every Woman Every Child continues to grow, says Ban Ki-moon

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An African mother and her baby.

Partners in a campaign launched in 2010 to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world are increasing.

That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who launched the campaign, said in Davos, Switzerland, where world leaders have gathered for the World Economic Forum.

The global effort, known as Every Woman Every Child, is mobilizing and intensifying action by governments, the private sector and society to improve the health of women and children.

Mr. Ban said the Every Woman Every Child community continues to grow and deepen.

"From Sesame Street to GE Africa, from Unilever to Teck Resources, from technology giants like Infosys to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. In many countries, different sectors and industries have pooled resources and expertise to create ingenious sustainable solutions to the most pressing local challenges, from preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child to ensuring clean water and sanitation and preventing diarrhoea."  (34")

Secretary-General Ban said that working together, these partners are reducing the cost of much-needed treatments and life-saving medical products, and increasing the accessibility of essential healthcare and medicines.

He pointed out that critical but neglected health issues are resurfacing and demanding the world's attention.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'32"

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