2012-15 PMNCH Strategic Framework

And accompanying "Workplan and Budget" documents

The Partnership's vision and mission

Strategic Framework Cover

Partnership's vision

The PMNCH Vision acknowledges the fact that realizing the highest attainable standard of health is integral to many international and human rights treaties, which the international community has endorsed and continues to support. It also recognizes the fact that women and children must be empowered stakeholders, not just passive recipients of health benefits. The MDGs provides a useful reference framework and the achievement of MDGs 4 and 5, and the MDGs more generally, is a central focus for the Partnership.

While using this reference framework, the vision also reflects the reality that the efforts to improve women’s and children’s health will continue beyond the current MDGs target deadline in 2015.

The achievement of the MDGs, with women and children enabled to realize their right to the highest attainable standard of health in the years to 2015 and beyond.

Partnership's mission

The Partnership Mission has been reshaped to take account of the developments to date, and the role that the Partnership is best placed to play within the global-health architecture. It reflects the discussions at the Board Retreat, the comments made by members during the consultative process and the Board discussion and decision at the June 2011 Board meeting. The Partnership’s Mission is as follows:

Supporting Partners to align their strategic directions and catalyse collective action to achieve universal access to comprehensive, high-quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health care.

“Health care” in this context is broadly defined as including the social and environmental determinants of health as well as medical care and services. This is aligned with internationally agreed definitions of health care. For example, the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration defines primary health care as: “essential health care based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology made universally accessible to individuals and families in the community through their full participation and at a cost that the community and country can afford to maintain at every stage of their development in the spirit of self- reliance and self-determination. It forms an integral part both of the country’s health system, of which it is the central function and main focus, and of the overall social and economic development of the community”.

The Mission statement helps to focus the activities of the Partnership and its constituent Partners. It focuses on ensuring that all agreed essential RMNCH interventions are accessible to, and therefore implemented by, high-burden countries. This includes advocating and working towards conducive policy environments and sufficient human and financial resources, and meaningful inclusion in these processes of all important stakeholders, including current constituencies of the Partnership.22 For the avoidance of doubt, it is worth repeating that the Partnership does not displace or replicate existing governance, accountability and delivery structures of individual Partners.

There is recognition within the Partnership Mission that health interventions may not be able to achieve the highest desirable impact if they are implemented without consideration for the wider social determinants of health. The Partnership itself will not focus its attention and resources on addressing issues such as access of women and children to education, water and sanitation, adequate nutrition, transport services etc. However, it will continue to develop into an inclusive platform where stakeholders working in these fields are able to communicate their strategic thinking to, and align with, Partners engaged more directly in addressing specific RMNCH-related issues in high-burden countries.

Finally, the Mission also provides the basis for the Partnership to support Partners in thinking, engaging and influencing the post-2015 development agendas.