Every Woman Every Child: An Innovative Partnership
Every Woman Every Child is a global movement to mobilize and intensify action by governments, the United Nations, multilaterals, the private sector, and civil society to address health challenges facing women, children, and adolescents. EWEC is focused on mobilizing all sectors to enact the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health, a roadmap to end all preventable deaths of women, children, and adolescents within a generation. Since the launch of EWEC and the first Global Strategy in 2010, there has been significant progress for women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health, including:
• Coverage of oral rehydration therapy has increased by 49%
• Exclusive breastfeeding has increased by 44%
• 11 million additional women have given birth in a health facility
• 8.4 million more women and girls use modern contraception
• 67% of HIV-positive pregnant women received antiretroviral medicines in 2013, up from 48%, improving maternal health and preventing HIV transmission
The newly-updated Global Strategy, launched in 2015, has incorporated lessons learned and new evidence in the field to more effectively address the health needs of women, children, and adolescents. The strategy has a new focus on newborns, adolescents, and those living in fragile and conflict settings. It also encompasses intersectional interventions, including strengthening health systems, insurance coverage, education, nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene programs.