Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

WHO and UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will collaborate more closely on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

In a briefing organized by WHO in June 2011, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child emphasized its interest in a closer collaboration with WHO and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) to improve the health of mothers, newborn, children and adolescents.

All parties agreed that the UN Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health launched in September 2010 and the recommendations included in the final report of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health provide a good basis to strengthen the joint work on these topics.

In particular, the Commission's three sets of recommendations - better information for better results, better tracking of resources, and better national and global oversight - are of direct relevance to the Committee's mandate and functions. Its review processes on compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child already offer a high-level political platform for addressing maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (MNCAH) issues in countries, and a consistent and unique universal monitoring and evaluation mechanism which promotes accountability and facilitates action.

Support of the Commission's recommendations could include, for example, use of the 11 core indicators to monitor results, tracking of resource allocation and expenditures, promotion of accountability at national level, public sharing of data and resource information, and feeding the proposed independent expert review group information. WHO, PMNCH and the Committee are now pressing ahead with the development of a strategy for collaboration and agreed to discuss progress in autumn 2011.

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