On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the United Nations University Office at the UN, New York (UNU-ONY) is organizing a panel discussion related to the book entitled Partnerships for Women’s Health: Striving for Best Practices within the UN Global Compact.
Every minute, at least one woman dies from pregnancy and childbirth complications and twenty suffer injury, infection or disease. Despite medical advances, and years of national and international policy declarations, this tragic situation remains particularly severe in developing countries, violating a fundamental human right. This book draws together insights and experiences of development practitioners, policy-makers, academic experts and private sector partners to describe the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). A public private partnership based in India, the WHI took a new approach to solving the apparently intractable problem of poor women’s health. In line with the WHI’s ambition to grow and become transferable to other contexts, these standards can inform and shape more effective public private partnerships in the future.