Prime Minister inaugurates the Partners’ Forum, 2018

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on December 12, 2018 inaugurated the Partners’ Forum, 2018, in New Delhi. The Prime Minister also released the coffee table book ‘Proven Paths’,  a compendium of 36 best practices in maternal, child and adolescent health, at the inaugural ceremony.
  • 23 Ministers from 21 countries, representatives from various organizations and participants from 85 countries across the globe participated in this forum. 
  • The Prime Minister said that the Partnership for Maternal, New-born, and Child Health, is a unique and effective platform. 
  •  Prime Minister said that the programme is close to his heart and he is pleased that it’s being featured as a success story in this forum. “Under Mission Indradhanush, we reached 32.8 million children and 8.4 million pregnant women over the last three years. We have also increased the number of vaccines under the universal immunization programme from 7 to 12. Our vaccines now cover life threatening diseases like- Pneumonia and Diarrhoea,” he elaborated.
  • The Prime Minister stated that the government has launched the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan to provide best possible care to mothers during pregnancy. 
  • Government has called upon the private sector doctors to pledge one day of service per month to this campaign. Under this campaign, 16 million Ante-Natal care check-ups have been performed.
  • The Prime Minister further stated that the country has 25 million new-borns.  
  •  Union Health Minister Shri J P Nadda  inaugurated the “Marketplace” at the Forum which  showcased some of India’s best practices and innovations in reproductive maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCH+A); health system strengthening; and communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Over 24 best practices/innovations are being showcased under four theme-based pavilions -Ayushman Bharat Hub, Health System Strengthening Hub, Nutrition Hub and Adolescent and Youth Hub.

 About Partner’s Forum

  • The Partners’ Forum is co-hosted by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Partnership of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). The two-day event brings together more than 1200 participants from 85 countries in New Delhi, to deliberate on issues of health and well-being of women, children and adolescents.
  • Partners’ Forum is a global health partnership launched in September 2005 to accelerate efforts to reduce child and maternal mortality, improve adolescent, child, newborn and maternal health. This partnership is an alliance of more than 1,000 plus members, across 10 constituencies in 92 countries: academic, research and teaching institutions; donors and foundations; health care professionals; multilateral agencies; non-governmental organizations; partner countries; global financing mechanisms and the private sector.
  • The previous chapters were held in Johannesburg, South Africa (2014), New Delhi, India (2010) and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2007). This is the second time India is hosting the Partners’ Forum.

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