Fewer Maternal and Child Deaths but too many women and children still dying

According to the Countdown to 2015 initiative: “Since 1990, annual maternal deaths have declined by almost one half and the deaths of young children have declined from 12 million to 7.6 million in 2010. Some of the world’s poorest countries have achieved spectacular progress in reducing child deaths. Similar progress has been seen in reducing maternal deaths, although in fewer developing countries.

But all the news is not good. Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from complications of pregnancy and her newborn baby’s chances of survival are very poor. For every woman who dies, an additional 20-30 suffer significant and sometimes lifelong problems, as a result of their pregnancy.  In these same two minutes nearly 30 young children die of disease and illness that could have been prevented or effectively treated. …”

These are some of the results shown in a new 220-page report, Building a Future for Women and Children, which is published by the Countdown to 2015 initiative (www.countdown2015mnch.org). 


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Panel on South-South and Triangular Cooperation at Rio+20 UNCSD ( Rio de Janeiro, 21 June 2012)

The Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) are pleased to inform that, in the framework of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),  they will be organizing a High Level panel on June 21, 2012,  on the topic:

“South-South and Triangular Cooperation: An Innovative Solution to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Solidarity and Partnerships for Universal Access to Energy” (Rio Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Room P3-2, 17:00 – 18:30).

Please see the flyer below for more details:

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UNDP Publication: Mapping Multilateral Support to South-South Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Towards Collaborative Approaches



Download PDF (English version) (Versión en Español)


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Global Health Symposium 2012- “Bridging Different Worlds”



My name is Jaspreet Ahuja, an intern currently involved in a human resources for health project at PAHO/WHO, and I am a candidate for McMaster University’s relatively new graduate program, the MSc. in Global Health. As part of the curriculum, I participated with 125 other students in a two-week Global Health Conference at India’s Manipal University from April 22nd- May 5th, 2012. This event had a theme of “Bridging Different Worlds” as it was a collaboration between the “3 M’s”, namely McMaster, Manipal and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Through the help and support of faculty and public health experts, this symposium aimed at bringing the future leaders of global health together to exchange knowledge and experiences and learn from each other. Continue reading »

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Photos from Panama – Knowledge from the South Fair: Regional Solutions Exchange

Check out our photos from the Knowledge from the South Fair: Regional Solutions Exchange in Panama from May 8 – 10.  This is also where we officially launched the Cooperation among Countries for Health Development portal!

Feria Saber del Sur

The fair was a great opportunity to network, share, and learn from others.  Congratulations to the Government of Panama and the UNDP Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean for the successful organization of the first regional level south-south cooperation expo!



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A Framework Convention on Global Health: Health for All, Justice for All

Gostin, Lawrence O., University Professor Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law- Director, WHO Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights – Professor of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins University

(May 16, 2012). Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 307, No. 19, pp. 2087-2092, 2012

Available online at: http://bit.ly/M7SQmp

“…..Health inequalities represent perhaps the most consequential global health challenge and yet they persist despite increased funding and innovative programs. The United Nations is revising the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that will shape the world for many years to come. What would a transformative post-MDG framework for global health justice look like?

A global coalition of civil society and academics—the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI)—has formed an international campaign to advocate for a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH). Recently endorsed by the UN Secretary-General, the FCGH would reimagine global governance for health, offering a new post-MDG vision. Continue reading »

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Multiple crises and global health: New and necessary frontiers of health politics

An article by Ted Schrecker, Clinical Scientist -Institut de recherche Bruyère Research Institute -Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa – Principal Scientist, Institute of Population Health, and University of Ottawa

Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice – Volume 7, Issue 6, 2012

Website: http://bit.ly/KyjvJi 

“…….The world economy is entering an era of multiple crises, involving finance, food security and global environmental change. This article assesses the implications for global public health, describes the contours of post-2007 crises in food security and finance, and then briefly indicates the probable health impacts.

There follows a discussion of the crisis of climate change, one that will unfold over a longer time frame but with manifestations that may already be upon us. The article then discusses the political economy of responses to these crises, noting the formidable obstacles that exist to equitable resolution.

The article concludes by noting the threat that such crises present to recent progress in global health, arguing that global health researchers and practitioners must become more familiar with the relevant social processes, and that proposed solutions that neglect the continuing importance of the nation-state are misdirected………” Continue reading »

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Technical Cooperation Project Among Countries Joins Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and Nunavut, Canada

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Health Canada are teaming up to support a technical cooperation project that seeks to strengthen ties between the countries and share information and experiences related to common health problems that affect both populations of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and the Canadian town of Nunavut (located on the north end of the Americas).  These are some of the most isolated territories of the region that share many similar health challenges. 

The project began in 2011 and the communication between health authorities from the two territories is ongoing.   


 Read more here: http://www.paho.org/nortesur/

Press release describing the project (English only): http://nunavutecho.ca/en/featured-articles/item/4466-north-meets-south-nunavut-inuit-explore-tierra-del-fuego

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Healthcare Information for All by 2015

I would like to invite all SSCOOP readers to join a dynamic global forum for professionals dedicated to improve quality of health care in low and middle income countries…

HIFA2015 (Healthcare Information For All by 2015) is a global campaign and knowledge network administered by the Global Healthcare Information Network, a non-profit organisation working to improve the quality of health care in developing countries. We are committed to a common goal: By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed health care provider. One-third of members are based in Africa, one-third in Europe, and one-third in the rest of the world. Together we are working for a future where people are no longer dying for lack of basic healthcare knowledge. Continue reading »

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