PMNCH Knowledge Summaries
Progress in women’s and children’s health depends on how efficiently knowledge on effective strategies and interventions can be translated into action. PMNCH Knowledge Summaries synthesize the scientific evidence in a short, user-friendly format to inform policy and practice.
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Recently there have been worldwide improvements in maternal, newborn and child mortality rates. However, nearly 0.35 million women and 8.1 million newborns and children under-five continue to die from preventable causes, and almost all of them are in developing countries.
“We know what works to save women’s and children’s lives,” as the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon rightly said. Maternal, newborn and child health outcomes can be improved and evidence from developed and some developing countries proves this. So, the knowledge to realise it exists. But, much of it is scattered across diverse sources, of variable quality, not equitably accessible, and insufficiently 'translated' for policy and practice. Progress is therefore hampered by fragmented and poorly informed action. This gap between knowledge and action for health needs to be bridged, so that women and children around the world can live healthy and productive lives.
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health brings together almost 400 partner organizations, and through this portal provides a gateway to knowledge resources from these partners and other expert networks, including journals. The aim is to facilitate access to knowledge and enable its sharing to promote policies and practice that in turn enhance maternal, newborn, and child health.