MDG4 Progress & Gaps ... Plus Positive News on Malaria, Nutrition & Financing.
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Office of the Special Envoy The MDG Deadline is Dec. 31, 2015
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Health MDG Financing & Progress Newsletter Feb 2015 Facebook Twitter
Ray Chambers
  › Ray Chambers
Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria

From the Special Envoy:
Our 2015 Balancing Act

Two-Thousand-Fifteen. We've known all along that it would eventually arrive. But seeing that iconic MDG target year on the MDG Countdown Clock in our office was still a bit of a shock.

We have an important balancing act ahead of us in 2015. We must do everything that we can to address the major causes of preventable deaths for women and children in our sprint to the MDG finish line. At the same time, we must support the development of a robust post-2015 development agenda that protects our hard-won gains while embracing an even more encompassing and ambitious set of goals.

I'd like to share the four areas where our office will focus in the coming year, working in close collaboration with so many valued partners...

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Noteworthy News
Mother holding her healthy child

› The Final Push for MDG4: Where Should Our Focus Be?

Despite great progress in reducing child mortality, our latest analysis shows that achieving MDG4 will require focused effort in key areas in the coming year.

A healthy newborn sleeping.

› UK Contributes 75M Pounds to RMNCH Trust Fund

New funding from the UK will help women and children access critical health products and quality services, and is expected to save the lives of 34,000 newborns and 6,000 mothers.

Dr. Mark Grabowsky

› Ten Reflections on the Ebola Crisis

Top takeaways and insights from a compassionate scientist and our Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Mark Grabowsky.

CHAI Logo.

› CHAI Tackles Child Mortality with Zinc & ORS Program; Mourns Loss of Chandra Sharma

The development community mourns the loss of visionary leader Chandra Sharma, who pioneered CHAI's Zinc & Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) Program.

Mother feeding her child.

› The Role of Nutrition in Achieving Better
Results for Children

Focusing on nutrition can save hundreds of thousands of additional children’s lives. Jessica Johnston, of the Special Envoy's Office, makes the case for a greater focus on malnutrition interventions.

Malaria News
Smiling children under mosquito net.

› An Optimistic Start for Malaria Funding and Commodities As We Enter 2015

Malaria funding and commodities are in better shape than ever as we enter the final year of the MDGs, but gaps remain. Learn where we need to focus our efforts in the coming year to maximize lives saved...

ALMA Secretariat.

› African Leaders Call for Elimination of Malaria by 2030; Annual Awards Bestowed

During the ALMA forum for the African Union Summit of heads of state and government, African leaders adopted the malaria elimination agenda and awarded twelve countries for progress in malaria control.

MDG Health Alliance
Community health worker helping young mother.

› The Case for Stronger Community Health Systems: Unfinished MDG Business and Beyond

The Ebola crisis is the latest evidence that strong community health systems are critically needed. The MDG Health Alliance team proposes a bold strategy for developing this system of support.

Anna Squires Levine.

› Anna Squires Levine, President of Born Free Africa, Named to Forbes "30 Under 30" List

Forbes' recognition shines a light on the powerful work of the entire global community working to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV.

› View Born Free Africa's Year in Photographs...