2014 Partners' Forum

30 JUNE - 1 JULY | Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Plenary 3: Equity – leave no one behind

On the day two of the Partners’ Forum, a plenary session on equity brought together a diverse group of participants from government, UN agencies and civil society. Panelists noted that current efforts to achieve MDGs 4 and 5 have not systematically integrated an equity focus, leaving the most vulnerable and the poorest behind. During the session, panelists called on the Post 2015 development agenda to integrate equity considerations across all sectors.

Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA noted that the notions of equity and inclusivity must be anchored in human rights. Ms. Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Deputy Minister for Social Development of South Africa, highlighted the need to put a human face to equity issues and human rights, noting that “some interventions do not need additional resources, but rather people changing their attitudes”. She called on the audience to ‘ask and listen’ to marginalized populations, including rural women, woman with disabilities, and women in conflict. ‘Ask them what they need’ she said, and pressed for cross sectoral collaboration in order to respond to the multifaceted needs of these populations.

In a similar intervention, Dr. C K Mishra, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, highlighting India’s efforts to improve equity noted that "it is very important to anchor all of our programs in the community". Dr. Cesar Victora, University of Pelotas, Brazil provided examples of basic requirements to improve equity in the health sector. He pointed to the need for robust data, and stressed that "program implementation without data collection is like trying to treat a patient without a diagnosis”. He also noted that “Delivering interventions where they are most needed, not where it’s easiest, is essential, ” as he pointed to examples in Peru where vaccine delivery was first rolled out in the poorest areas. He also highlighted the need to use innovative solutions to overcome resource shortages, including the need for taskshifting when doctors are not available or the use of mobile devices.

Mr Manuel Fontaine, Regional Director, UNICEF West and Central Africa, also noted the importance of investing in information systems, saying, "you can never get inequities documented and acted on unless you have frequent surveys, strong info systems." He also stressed the need to invest in adolescents as a critical population – noting that adolescents also need to be involved in this planning because of their knowledge of their own needs. “If we plan for adolescents without including them, it would be against them”. HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan spoke of the importance in investing in women and children in conflict situations remarking that “we've lost our moral outrage that a hospital gets bombed, mothers & children are targeted.”

The panel was moderated by Bridget Okeke Chukwdera, Senior Programme Manager for Concern International Development Initiative and a youth from Nigeria and Professor Babatunde Osotimehin.

  1. About the 2014 Partners’ Forum
  2. The 2014 Partners’ Forum begins: Now it is in our hands
  3. Plenary 1: Healthy women and children at the centre of development
  4. Session 1A: “Fast-track” countries share stories of success
  5. Session 1B: Building a Future Where Children Survive and Thrive
  6. Session 1C: Delivering Immunisation Together: Hitting the MDGs and health goals beyond 2015
  7. Session 1D: Every Mother, Every Newborn: Ensuring Quality of Care at Birth
  8. Plenary 2: Health: A model of Accountability for Post-2015
  9. Session 2A: Better data for better policy making, programming and accountability
  10. Session 2B: The Every Woman Every Child health model of accountability in the post 2015 era
  11. Session 2C: Accountability for RMNCH: The African perspective and prospects
  12. Session 2D: Countdown to 2015: Fulfilling the health agenda for women and children
  13. Session 2E: Addressing the Nutrition needs in a Post-2015 Agenda
  14. Plenary 3: Equity – leave no one behind
  15. Session 3A: Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality
  16. Session 3B: Bridging the Digital Divide: Making Mobile and ICTs a Reality for All
  17. Session 3C: Integrating services for HIV/AIDS and RMNCH to promote equitable access to quality care for women and children
  18. Session 3D: Universal Health Coverage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Common Goals, Shared Challenges
  19. Session 3E: Equitable access to quality midwifery
  20. Plenary 4: Leveraging Investments for Health and Sustainable Development
  21. Session 4A: Scaling-up Innovations: New ways of dealing with unfinished business
  22. Session 4B: Investing in Adolescent and Youth as Agents of Change
  23. Session 4C: Mobilization of resources to RMNCH investments for reaching 2035 targets
  24. Session 4E: Getting It Right: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Family Planning in the Post-2015 Agenda
  25. Plenary 5: Our Common Vision – Delivering health and development for women and children beyond 2015
  26. Youth engagement at the 2014 Partners' Forum
  27. Private sector leaders reflect on post-2015 priorities and commitments to newborns
  28. World leaders: Women and children must be central to new 2030 global poverty goals