The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents' Health 2016-2030


Introduction

The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents Health

The updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health, to be launched in September 2015, is a roadmap for ending all preventable deaths of women, children, and adolescents by 2030 and improving their overall health and well-being, and builds upon the 2010-2015 Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health launched by the UN Secretary-General.

The updated Strategy will support the achievement of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and anticipates a more integrated post-2015 development framework in which all countries are supported to attain and sustain their health goals, moving beyond reductions in mortality to a vision of healthy life for all through the life-course. The updated Global Strategy is being developed by a wide range of national, regional and global stakeholders under the umbrella of the Every Woman Every Child movement, with strong engagement from WHO.

Why is an updated Global Strategy needed?

Great strides have been made in reducing maternal and child mortality – with a 47% reduction in maternal mortality[1] and a 49% reduction in child mortality[2] since 1990 – demonstrating that change is possible. While there has been substantial progress, much remains to be done. As we transition from the MDGs to the SDGs, it is imperative to accelerate momentum for women, children and adolescents, but also to protect the often fragile gains in some countries, as recently witnessed with the impact of Ebola and weakened health systems on maternal, child and adolescent health.

An updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health will build on new evidence, including the need to focus on critical population groups such as newborns, adolescents and those living in fragile and conflict settings, build the resilience of health systems, improve the quality of health services and equity in their coverage, and work with health-enhancing sectors on issues such as women’s empowerment, education, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene. It will align with the targets and indicators developed for the SDG framework and outline opportunities for means of implementation, including innovative financing and the Global Financing Facility. The updated Global Strategy will be accompanied by a first 5-year implementation plan to be finalized in May 2016, ensuring that countries are able to tailor it to their country needs and context.

Who is the Global Strategy for?

The updated Global Strategy will aim to unite all stakeholders who want to contribute to the global effort to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths. It will be driven by country ownership, complementing work already underway at country and regional level and will be well integrated with other sectors. The updated Global Strategy emphasizes multi stakeholder partner alignment which brings together government, parliamentarians, multilateral agencies, donors, foundations, private sector, civil society, healthcare professionals, etc. It will also engage constituencies beyond reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), e.g. noncommunicable diseases, as well as health-enhancing sectors such as women’s empowerment, education, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.

What is the process and timeline for the development of the updated Global Strategy?

The updated Global Strategy is being developed through an extensive outreach and consultation process undertaken around key national, regional and global events in early 2015. The updated Global Strategy consultations are designed to facilitate inputs that build on national plans and processes through discussions with national governments. In order to engage a broad community of stakeholders and ensure the strongest possible participation in the consultation, outreach will also build on existing Every Woman Every Child commitment-makers and partners networks, such as A Promise Renewed, Every Newborn, the technical and advocacy working groups of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, Family Planning 2020, etc.

It is anticipated that the consultation process will be carried out in two phases with the first round, in February-March, to enable input to the technical working groups of the Global Strategy; and the second round, in conjunction with the World Health Assembly in May, to share a draft of the updated Global Strategy with a wide set of member states and stakeholders for response and support. Major events and project milestones are shown in the timeline below.

Learn more: To engage in the consultation process and for more information on the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and the Every Woman Every Child movement, please visit www.everywomaneverychild.org which contains key resources, and background on updating the Global Strategy and workstream leads and contact details.