A virtual summit that will bring about 2,000 delegates including global policymakers, health professionals and representatives from civil society together aims to explore how innovative solutions can be deployed to address injustices and health inequities being faced by women, children and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa.
The region records more than two-thirds of the world’s maternal deaths, and more than half of global child deaths. Almost one in five women in sub-Sahara Africa faces unmet need for family planning. This gap has become even more obvious with the COVID-19 pandemic, as less than 3% of adults in the region are fully vaccinated, while 75% of the world’s vaccination supply is held by only 10 countries outside Africa.
The September 22 summit convened by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) would be looking at innovations like digital solutions for improved accountability and action, as well as youth-led action to demand universal health coverage and greater citizen participation in line with the seven asks of the PMNCH Call to Action on COVID-19 and the Call to Action on Adolescent Well-Being.
It will also showcase new financial and policy commitments from governments responding to the PMNCH Call to Action on COVID-19 to increase investment in health systems and social protection policies for women, children and adolescents during the recovery from COVID-19 and beyond.
Confirmed speakers for the summit include Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair and former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia and UN Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child; Ms Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS and Ms Natasha Kaoma, CEO, Copper Rose from Zambiawho would be representing the youths.