2014 Partners' Forum

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

Plenary 2: Health: A model of Accountability for Post-2015

The second plenary of day one at the Partners’ Forum, “A model of Accountability for Post-2015 plenary” set the tone for the overall discussions scheduled to take place in parallel.

Ms. Tsepiso Makwetla, News and Current Affairs anchor, South African Broadcasting Corporation, set the stage for the session by reviewing the historical development of the MDG framework, the Global Strategy, and initiatives such as Countdown to 2015 to promote accountability for progress in women’s and children’s health. The keynote address, delivered by Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Co-chair of Countdown to 2015, focused on the key results of the “Countdown 2014 report: Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children” launched today at the Partner’s Forum. These included the main findings on progress towards MDGs 4 and 5 in the 75 countries in the world where over 95% of all maternal, newborn and child deaths occur, reflections on the centrality of high quality, timely data for accountability, and lessons learned from Countdown’s 10 years of experience of using evidence to stimulate action and to drive change.

Following the keynote address was a roundtable discussion with the panellists on what has worked well (and not well) with the current accountability framework, and how we can build a more holistic framework in the post 2015 era that retains a focus on the unfinished business of women’s and children’s health while also taking into consideration the role of non-health sectors in reducing mortality and attaining sustainable development. The panellists included Honourable Stephen Kebwe Kebwe, Deputy Minister of Health & Social Welfare, Tanzania, Ms. Joy Phumaphi, Co-chair, independent Expert Review Group, Dr Aminu Magashi Garba, Regional Coordinator NORTH and Evidence Advisor, Evidence for Action in Maternal and Newborn Health, Nigeria, and Ms Nargis Shirazi, Project Manager, It Takes Two Campaign and Co-founder, WO-MAN Foundation.

The panellists called for greater capacity building of countries to collect analyse and use data as essential for accountability efforts moving forward. Tools such as country scorecards and profiles were highlighted as critical for management purposes and for shedding light on variations in progress at sub-national levels. Panellists stressed the importance of budget transparency and increased efforts to bring all key stakeholders to the table, including civil society and the media, at key points throughout the national planning cycle so that available resources are most effectively allocated. All agreed that citizens need to be empowered through awareness raising efforts about their health rights so that they can individually and collectively demand improved access to high quality, affordable health care services.

“The time to act is now. We must not wait until 2015 to strengthen existing accountability mechanisms that are independent, derived from consensus across constituencies, and that are based on a cycle of data collection, analysis, review followed by action that will improve the lives of women and children,” said Ms. Phumaphi. “Innovative technologies for data collection are key to increasing data availability,” said Dr. Bhutta, “but these technologies alone will not translate into measurable improvements in health outcomes without concurrent improvements in local capacity to appropriately use and act on the evidence collected.”

“Accountability is all our responsibility,” stressed Ms. Shirazi. “Citizens must speak out and governments and donors must be held to account for commitments made.”

  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