Since world leaders adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has been halved, more than 2.1 billion people gained access to improved sources of drinking water, and we have made remarkable advances in the fight against HIV/AIDs, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Despite such extraordinary improvements, progress remains very uneven, and too many vulnerable women and children have yet to share in the gains. Diseases that can be cured or prevented are still taking lives: diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. Pregnancy and childbirth, which should be sources of joy, remain all too threatening.
As we look to accelerate our progress on the health MDGs, the need for innovation has never been more paramount. Harnessing cost-effective and lifesaving technologies can have a vast impact on the health of women and children, help us reach those in countries or situations of greatest need, and tackle key areas of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.
Through the Every Woman Every Child movement, policymakers, donors, multilateral organizations, the private sector, civil society, and health care professionals are coming together to step up efforts to save lives and forge solutions that not only increase access to medicines and medical products but also promote sustainability.
This publication outlines ten innovations that will have an immediate impact on the leading killers of women and children. From new medicines that prevent deadly infections in newborns, to new uses of supply chains to deliver medicines to the most remote areas, these are game-changing practices and advances.
Identifying these technologies, however, is not enough on its own to save lives. We also need political will and financial commitment. More than a decade of progress tells me that further dramatic improvements are within reach, and I look forward to continuing to work with all partners to finish the job and build the future we want.
Secretary-General of the United Nations
“The existing pipeline has potential game changers that could end preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation. Accelerating innovation gives us confidence to say that we can do this.”
Rajiv Shah, MD
Administrator of the US Agency for International Development
“Innovation is at the heart of global health progress. But even the most effective tool cannot save lives unless it is available at the right place and in the right time. Now is a critical time for the global community to band together to deliver and implement today’s most promising innovations to increase global health equity.”
President and CEO of PATH
“Of all the Millennium Development Goals, MDG 5—to reduce maternal deaths by 75 percent—has seen the least progress. There are solutions within our reach if we stay the course and continue our efforts to improve access to proven interventions, as well as new innovative approaches to save more lives at birth.”
Christy Turlington Burns
Founder of Every Mother Counts