Press release: From Pledges to Action

Forging a working partnership

Another Partners’ Forum goal is to reaffirm the principles of partnership, so that all partners from all constituency groups contribute in a coordinated fashion to advancing the goals of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health.

“We need to harmonize our efforts to support countries in making progress on maternal and child health, while seeking to reduce the burden they currently face in reporting to donors on multiple indicators in multiple formats,” says PMNCH Chair Julio Frenk, MD, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. “This is a multi-stakeholder process and we need to ensure mutual accountability.”

The Global Strategy tasks the World Health Organization with convening a process with partners to identify the most effective way forward in global reporting, oversight, and accountability on women’s and children’s health.

Immediate next steps will be to develop a high-level process to address all aspects of accountability for the health of women and children. Recommendations arising from this process will be brought to the attention of ministers of health during the World Health Assembly in May 2011, with final recommendations and action points provided to the G8 Summit in June 2011 and the UN General Assembly meeting in September 2011.