The Partners Forum for The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health represents a landmark opportunity to push for action to improve the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents

New Delhi, India, 5 December - Gavi’s Deputy CEO, Anuradha Gupta, will join over 1,200 representatives from governments, civil society and the private sector at a high-level meeting in New Delhi (12–13 December) to demonstrate the power of partnerships to improve and transform the lives of women, children and adolescents.

Hosted by the Government of India, the Partners’ Forum of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) will set out to align objectives, strategies and resources, as well as seeking agreement on interventions to improve maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.

EWEC Global Strategy

The high-level event is a key moment to galvanise global efforts to deliver on the EWEC Global Strategy - a roadmap for ending all preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths by 2030. Over two days, participants will share their insights and best practices on the importance of political leadership, cross-sectoral collaboration and accountability.

Role of immunisation

Immunisation is a strong contributor to improved maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health outcomes. Vaccines have not only contributed to a dramatic reduction in child mortality since 1990. By improving children’s health and well-being, and providing an early entry point to tackle non-communicable diseases , they can also start a virtuous cycle of life.

In addition, delivering immunisation services can help to strengthen primary healthcare systems and build a platform for universal health coverage.

Country ownership and collaboration

Gavi relies on country ownership of immunisation programmes and the comparative strengths of Alliance partners to fulfil its mission. By the end of this year the Alliance will have helped the world’s poorest countries to immunise more than 700 million children, thereby preventing over 10 million future deaths.

To follow the PMNCH Partners’ Forum, visit the livestream or #2018PMNCHLive and #EWECisME  

Partners Forum

12 December 2018

Concurrent session: High-quality healthcare: the importance of political leadership  

Focus on best practices, programmatic challenges and solutions and results experienced by countries in accelerating quality of care for women, newborns, children, and adolescents.

Gavi will share lessons learned from its health system strengthening activities.

13 December 2018

Final plenary: power of partnership  

This session will tie the various threads and themes of the Partners’ Forum together, highlighting concrete ideas and solutions for how partnerships can accelerate action for the specific work streams of the EWEC strategy.

Using the Alliance model as an example, Gavi will describe how effective governance and better accountability can strengthen country-led multi-stakeholder platforms and action in the SDG era.


11 December 2018

Spotlight on the voices of the early childhood workforce  

Interactive session bringing together forum attendees in a shared learning space to explore the multiple roles the ECD frontline worker takes on and the ways in which the system supports or impedes collaboration across sectors.

Gavi will speak on the importance of strengthening health systems, particularly community health, to reach underserved populations. Read more here.

Power of partnerships across countries for women, children & communities  

Gavi will join participants in sharing lessons learned from cross-sector, integrated, and community-based approaches that reach every child and save lives.

Multi-sectoral partnerships for child health: accelerating progress towards SDGs  

Gavi will highlight how cross-sectoral engagement can help civil society organisations reach the unreached and strengthen immunisation programmes and health systems.

Notes to editors

About Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunise a whole generation – over 760 million children – and prevented more than 13 million deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 developing countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems as well as funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningitis and yellow fever vaccines. After two decades of progress, Gavi is now focused on protecting the next generation and reaching the unvaccinated children still being left behind, employing innovative finance and the latest technology – from drones to biometrics – to save millions more lives, prevent outbreaks before they can spread and help countries on the road to self-sufficiency. Learn more at and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organizations that fund Gavi’s work here.

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