Everyone has a role to play in the Every Woman Every Child movement: Ban

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A mother and child lying on the bare floor of a paediatric ward (Photo: V. Mayanja/IRIN).

Every Woman Every Child is a global movement, but it is also a local one, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks at an event titled "Taking Action Summit on Every Woman, Every Child” at JP Morgan Chase Headquarters in New York City.

The event brought together some of the most prominent people in the areas of health and global philanthropy to explore ways to improve reproductive and maternal health, as well as child and newborn health.

Secretary-General Ban said the goal is to provide a stage where all those in a position to contribute can come together to exchange life-saving ideas and solutions.

He said he wanted to connect the private sector's greatest strengths with the public sector's greatest challenges.

“Philanthropy can play a particularly important role as a catalyst for under-resourced and often neglected areas of women's and children's health that can be quickly made available for larger public and private flows. Now is the moment for old and new partners to do more because we are in a race against time.”

Secretary-General Ban noted that partners in the Every Woman Every Child movement vary, from vaccine donor to grant maker, product innovator to technology developer, researcher to logistics experts, policy advocator to communications specialists.

But, he said, everyone has a role to play.

He said the target is to save 16 million women's and children's lives–and each and every one can make a significant difference.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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