Asia-Pacific Leadership and Policy Dialogue for Women’s and Children’s Health


Ministers meet

Manila Declaration highlights regional ambitions for women's and children's health

8 NOVEMBER 2012 | MANILA - Ministers and senior officials from nearly 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region gathered to discuss mutual strategies and principles in accelerating progress for women's and children's health in the region. Hosted by the WHO's Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) and convened by AusAID, the Asian Development Bank, WHO, UNICEF, and PMNCH, the meeting was the first-ever event to bring together more than 150 participants from government, civil society, the UN and the private sector to share knowledge and experiences related to regional strategies for investment, policy implementation, and accountability.

The meeting resulted in widespread support for the development of a "Manila Declaration", setting out concrete, measurable actions to enhance regional cooperation in key areas. Find on the right a link to the full text of the Manila Declaration to read and download.

Indonesian Vice-Minister of Health Prof. Ali Ghufron Mukti provided the inaugural address at the meeting, following opening remarks by Philippine Secretary of Health Dr Enrique Ona, WHO Western Pacific Regional Director Dr Shin Young-soo, and UNFPA Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Nobuko Horibe. Vice-Minister Mukti underlined the relevance of placing a regional lens on women's and children's health to enhance the efforts that many countries in the region are making towards the Millennium Development Goals.

Key priority issues that emerged from the meeting included: greater attention to interventions, addressing adolescent health, family planning, and newborn survival and nutrition, especially through greater attention to innovative approaches in partnership with the private sector and strong attention to addressing inequities.

The closing statement from Dr Shin, Regional Director WPRO: "This event strengthened our solidarity as a community that cares about every woman and every child,' said Dr Shin. 'We look forward to taking bold and decisive action together to make the vision of the Manila Declaration a reality".