FIGO is an active participant in the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). Recently the PMNCH organised a conference Countdown to 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa between 17- 19 April 2008.
FIGO was well represented in this conference by the Chief Executive, Chair and Co-chair as well as three members of the Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health (SMNH) Committee, Chair of the Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights (WSRR) Committee.
The Countdown to 2015 is a collaborative effort of concerned partners and individuals, to track progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in reducing child and maternal mortality.
The Countdown aims to establish a regular process through which national and international policy-makers, programme implementers, development and media partners and researchers can review progress in reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality, hold themselves accountable, and renew their commitments.
· To launch an international Report - including country profiles - describing the coverage of key MNCH interventions in 68 high-burden countries, their trends since 1990, and inequities by wealth quintiles;
· To share stories of success and findings on barriers and solutions for rapid scaling-up of effective MNCH interventions;
· To review new initiatives for aid harmonization and develop coordinated institutional commitments to maternal, newborn and child health efforts;
· To provide updated information on national and international resource flows for MNCH and identify financial gaps towards achieving universal coverage;
· To review new initiatives for accountability and aid harmonization and develop coordinated institutional commitments to maternal, newborn and child health efforts;
· To sensitize Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to maternal, newborn and child health.
· Information of progress and current MNCH intervention coverage levels in 68 countries disseminated;
· Share successful country experiences for scaling-up effective interventions at the country level;
· Develop firm commitments to intensify action to scale-up maternal, newborn and child health interventions made by national and international policy- and decision-makers (including with help of IPU Parliamentarians);
· Modalities for aid harmonization and partnership at the country level and commitments made to increased investment in MNCH.