Keeping promises to women, children, and adolescents

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Obstetrics and Gynaecology (East Africa)


By 2015, at the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era, each year more than 6 million children younger than 5 years and 1 million adolescents were dying each year and more than 300 000 maternal deaths were occurring every year.1 These deaths are a substantial health problem and social injustice because most cases are preventable and are concentrated in rural populations and poorer communities in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. Within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (2016–30) the UN Secretary General launched the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health (henceforth referred to as the Global Strategy).2 The Global Strategy was underpinned by lessons learnt from the MDGs and other new evidence, providing a roadmap for action based on country experiences.3 The Global Strategy is ambitious to achieve nothing less than a transformation in health and sustainable development by 2030 for all women, children, and adolescents worldwide.2

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