Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) Partners’ Forum 2018 in New Delhi today.
The Government of India, in association with the PMNCH, is hosting a two-day international conference on 12th and 13th December 2018, bringing together about 1500 participants from across 85 countries to improve the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents.
Speaking at the forum Prime Minister Modi said, “It is only partnerships that will get us to our goals. Partnerships between citizens, partnerships between communities, partnerships between countries; The Sustainable Development agenda is a reflection of this.”
Partners’ Forum is a global health partnership launched in September 2005 to accelerate efforts to reduce child and maternal mortality, improve adolescent, child, newborn and maternal health.
“Health of mothers will determine the health of the children. Health of children will determine the health of our tomorrow. We have gathered to discuss ways to improve health and wellbeing of mothers & children. The discussions today will have an impact on our tomorrow,” said PM Modi on the occassion.
Speaking on progress made by India in this sector, PM Modi said, “We have achieved a lot of progress in the last few years and yet a lot remains to be done. From bigger budgets to better outcomes, and from mindset change to monitoring, there are a lot of interventions required.”
“I am pleased to note that India’s immunization programme, a subject close to my heart, is being featured as a success story in this forum. Under Mission Indradhaush, we reached 32.8 million children and 8.4 million pregnant women over the last three years,” added PM Modi.
The programme of the Partners’ Forum will be framed around the objectives of the Global Strategy of Survive – Thrive – Transform. The programme will include four high-level plenaries that will focus on political leadership, multi-sectoral action, accountability and power of partnership. Each high-level plenary will be followed by six concurrent sessions that provide the opportunity for more detailed discussions to on Forum’s key themes.
The Forum will also present and explore the findings of the 12 Success Factors case studies that showcase how countries are collaborating across sectors to improve women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. The case studies will be published in a special Partners’ Forum edition of the BMJ (originally called British Medical Journal) and disseminated widely.