Yang Yang and Jia Liu at Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) in Beijing, China, 2006. Image courtesy Johnson & Johnson. Too often, affordable, effective medicines and simple health supplies do not reach the women and children who need them.
As part of the Every Woman Every Child movement and efforts to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals, the Commission will champion efforts to reduce barriers that block access to essential health commodities.
Commissioners, led by Co-Chairs President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway, will advocate at the highest levels to catalyze change in the way essential but under-used commodities for women’s and children’s health are produced, distributed and used. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin will serve as Vice-Chairs.
The Commission’s work focuses on the needs of countries where the most women, newborns, and children under five die from preventable causes.
The results of the Commission include recommendations for concrete action to save and improve the lives of millions of women and children worldwide: