Mobilium center stage at The World Health Organization – 2014 Partners’ Forum (Johannesburg, South Africa)

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The 2014 Partners’ Forum will be co-hosted by A Promise Renewed, Countdown to 2015, the independent Expert Review Group and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH). The 2014 Partners’ Forum offers a global platform for high-level advocacy, consensus-building and knowledge-sharing and provides a unique opportunity to take stock of progress in women’s and children’s health and shape a vision for the world we want for the future. The Forum will convene partners from around the world to agree on action to accelerate progress to reach the MDGs. We aim to work across sectors such as water and sanitation, nutrition, education, gender and health, in order to better understand how each of the sectors can be integrated into the post-2015 development agenda. As many as 800 participants from the health and non-health sectors are expected to attend the two-day Forum, including representatives from government, NGOs, academia, the private sector and international organisations.

PMNCH will co-host a meeting of partners in Johannesburg, South Africa, from Monday, 30 June – Tuesday, 1 July 2014 along with Countdown to 2015, A Promise Renewed, and the independent Expert Review Group.

With deliberations underway for a post-2015 development agenda, we have a unique opportunity to envisage the world we want by 2030 and take stock of progress in women’s and children’s health. We hope that our discussions leading up to, and during the Partners’ Forum, will emphasise the need to ensure the empowerment, wellbeing, and social protection of the world’s most vulnerable people, especially women and children. We also hope to examine how these principles can be translated by different sectors and constituencies into action and tangible results to guarantee a life of dignity for all.

Up to 800 representatives of the health, nutrition, education, gender and development, public and private sector communities are expected to attend the two-day meeting.

PMNCH has held two previous Partners’ Forums. The first, in Dar es Salaam in 2007, marked the emergence of PMNCH as the first dedicated partnership focused on maternal and child health and the pursuit of MDGs 4 and 5. The second Forum, in New Delhi in November 2010, aimed to develop joint approaches and strategies to operationalize the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health to accelerate progress towards the MDGs by 2015. This meeting, the third, will prioritize discussion on joint action and accountability across sectors in anticipation of the post-2015 development goals.

Mobilium as an official Partner will be in Johannesburg, showcasing Smart Health and the latest and greatest developments in Mobile Health in Africa.