Campaign launched today amplifies the voices of healthcare professionals leading the care of pregnant women, newborn babieschildren under five.

 

The healthcare professional associations the International Federation of GynecologyObstetrics (FIGO), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the International Council of Nurses (ICN)the International Pediatrics Association (IPA) announce the launch of the Together We Can campaign.

 

Health professionals are a critical force in driving forward improvements in reproductive, maternal, newbornchild health. Our healthcare professional associations, FIGO, ICM, ICNIPA, represent millions of gynecologists, obstetricians, midwives, nursespediatricians whose expert care touches the lives of billions of people each year.  We are coming together in the Together We Can campaign so that we can champion a shared agendaensure that the experts who care for mothers, newbornschildren are at the centre of health policy decisions.

 

The Together We Can campaign supports the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3)Ensure healthy livespromote well-being for all at all ages, includes the targets to reduce maternal deathsend preventable newbornchild deaths- which is at the centre of this new initiative. The campaign also contributes to the development of the health professional workforce in developing countries, another priority in SDG3. Together we can make a difference to global health.

 

Many mothernewborn deaths are preventable. Our new data, released at the launch of the Together We Can campaign, highlights the nine main causes which are responsible for the high mortality rates in the 20 countries with the highest instance of these death. These nine main killers are: Hemorrhage, Hypertension, Maternal Sepsis, Prematurity, Asphyxia, Neonatal Sepsis, Childhood Pneumonia, Diarrhea, Malaria. Simple interventions to the way mothersbabies are cared for could make a significant difference, interventions like the rotavirushib vaccinations, active management of third stage labour (AMTSL)kangaroo care.

 

FIGO President, Professor Chittaranjan Narahari Purandare, said: “FIGO is delighted to launch the Together We Can campaign with our colleagues in ICM, ICNIPA. It is critical that we provide much needed antenatal care during pregnancy, deliver them safely with healthy newborns, look after their wellbeing during the postnatal periodgive the children healthier childhoods.”

 

ICM President, Frances Day-Stirk, said: “The global data on maternal mortality indicates that most preventable maternalnewborn deaths occur in lowmiddle income countries. The key to ensure that progress is made in achieving SDGs 35, more qualifiedsupported healthcare professionals are needed – all working together to make the change.”

 

ICN Chief Executive Officer, Dr Frances Hughes, said: “The Together We Can campaign demonstrates the  critical role of the health workforce in reducing maternal, newbornchild deaths. As nurses, we know that it is only by working together effectively that we can promote the interventions which work best to protect these vulnerable populations.”

 

IPA President, Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta, said: “Health professionals’ hands-on work gives us unique experience in improvingsaving lives. This campaign will put us where we need to be - at the centre of health policyimplementation.”

 

We need your help to spread the word so that together we can deliver safer pregnancy, better birtha healthier childhood.  We want every health professional whose life life has been touched by the care of a gynecologist, obstetrician, pediatrician, midwifenurse to share their story using the hashtag #TouchingStories. Visit www.TogetherWeCan.world to find out moredownload our campaign pack.