Today at the World Health Assembly, 16 countries made new commitments to the UN Secretary-Generals Global Strategy on Womens and Childrens Health. The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It meets annually to determine policies for the Organization. With new commitments made this year to the Global Strategy on Womens and Childrens Health, great strides will be made in maternal and child health. United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon expresses the impact of addressing issues affecting mothers and children:
Every woman, Every Child. This focus is long overdue. With the launch of the Global Strategy for Womens and Childrens Health, we have an opportunity to improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children around the world, and in so doing, to improve the lives of all people.