Analysing the Commitments to Advance the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health

Financing barrier to meeting commitments

The one-year assessment identifies a shortage of financing as a significant obstacle faced by low-income countries in implementing Global Strategy commitments. Also, the PMNCH team that conducted the assessment through a series of questionnaires and interviews found it difficult to assign a monetary value to some commitments, such as those for improved service delivery or changes in laws and policies, and indeed is not necessarily important to do so.

The assessment shows it is too soon after commitments were made to report on concrete steps to honour them. A majority of those who responded asked for a regular reporting process to keep track of progress and a system for measuring results and assessing their impact, according to the report.

The PMNCH report is intended to support the recommendations of the Commission for Information and Accountability, which was tasked by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to develop an accountability framework to track resources and results related to women’s and children’s health worldwide. A multi-stakeholder independent Expert Review Group will help take forward the Commission’s recommendations. Members of this group will be announced at the September 20th event.

“We must not forget that women and children, their families and communities are at the heart of the Global Strategy, and we are ultimately accountable to them,” says Dr Carole Presern of PMNCH. “The success of the Global Strategy will be determined by whether the action it mobilized was able to save 16 million lives in the world’s poorest countries by 2015. PMNCH will continue to act as a platform for joint action and accountability to support this goal.”