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We have the tools, we have the knowledge, and we must match them with our unshakeable commitment to save millions of lives.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

Applying what we know already will have a bigger impact on health and disease than any drug or technology likely to be introduced in the next decade.

The Lancet

Health Systems Create Healthy Futures

This is Maya
The World Bank
Meet Maya, a child born in a low-income country, whose healthy birth is the result of stronger health systems.

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Maya's Second Birthday
The World Bank
Maya is celebrating her second birthday as the result of stronger health systems.

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Strengthening health systems is at the center of the World Bank's global strategy for health, nutrition, and population. We don't focus only on one disease or condition, we look at health as a whole -- what is preventing people from being healthy, how we can change this, and what impact it will have on development.

Maya's story underscores what a difference access to effective family planning can make. Maya's story also reminds us of the importance of good nutrition during the 1,000-day window between a woman's pregnancy and her child's second birthday, including exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Getting it right during this critical period can have a long-term impact on a child's ability to grow, learn, and prosper.

The world needs to do more than just lament this lack of progress.

We Know

To develop, promote, implement and evaluate programs to deliver the health interventions that will save lives; to demand equity in health services, so that even the poorest, most remote, and most marginalized families have access to the health care that they need and that is their right;

a world in which newborn babies, women, and children no longer die needlessly from causes that are easily and routinely prevented in the developed world.

We know that access to family planning, and safe abortion when legal, allows women to control the number and timing of their pregnancies, and that this markedly reduces both maternal and newborn mortality.

We know that better antenatal care and skilled delivery care makes childbirth safer for women and their babies.

We know that accessible emergency care for childbirth complications saves the lives of both mothers and newborns.

We know that timely visits with health workers in the days after birth make for more successful outcomes for both mother and infant.

We know that newborns are much more likely to survive and thrive when their mothers survive.

And we know, too, that the same is true for the family's older children.

We know all of that. This is the year that we make global and national policy makers understand it, commit to it, invest in it, and act on it.

Please join us.

South-South Knowledge Exchange
The World Bank

South-South knowledge exchange is a powerful way of transferring, replicating, and scaling up "what works" in development. South-South knowledge exchange is just-in-time sharing of information and experiences among development practitioners and leaders. It can include debates about options for policy reform, topic-specific field visits between developing countries, or dialogues among various stakeholders as a way of building consensus and coalitions for reform. The World Bank Institute helps countries to learn from each other through South-South Knowledge Exchange. This video animation explains the concept of South-South knowledge exchange in a simple way.

8 May, 2015


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