Politicians are responding more and more to the fact that Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 (reduction of infant mortality) and MDG 5 (improvement of maternal health) are still a long way from being achieved in 2015. The development of a Global Business Plan (GBP) during 2007 represented a new-found determination among development agencies and international stakeholders to reach these goals. The GBP reflected the frustration that after 20 years of the “Safe Motherhood” initiative, little progress has been made. Now it has been superseded by the Global Campaign for the Health MDGs, launched in September 2007 by the leaders of Norway, Great Britain and Canada. Advocacy efforts to get MDGs 4 and 5 back on track will be led by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), a coalition of 250 organisations working in this field.
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Published online: October 20, 2008
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