Health and the next global development agenda

The PMNCH policy brief on “Placing Healthy Women and Children at the Heart of the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Framework” is now open for consultation until 21 April 2014. With negotiations by the UN Open Working Group currently underway in New York for what will be the next iteration of the MDGs, The Partnership, through its Post 2015 Working Group has issued this brief, to inform member states and Post 2015 advocates on critical women’s and children’s health issues and how these could be integrated into the Post 2015 development agenda. We encourage partners to use this brief in their Post 2015 advocacy efforts.

Women’s and children’s health in the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Everyone has a fundamental right to the highest attainable standard of health, defined as physical, mental and social well-being. Investing in healthy populations is the foundation for sustainable social, economic and environmental development, and for peace and security. Yet, thousands die every day from preventable causes and even more are left with injury, infection or disease.

PMNCH through its Post 2015 Working Group is advocating for a Post 2015 framework that addresses women’s and children’s health issues and is rights-based, people-centered, equity focused, gender sensitive, participatory and adopts a cross-sectoral approach to health.

Specifically PMNCH calls for the Post 2015 Framework to:
  • Include a stand-alone health goal that maximises health and wellbeing, specifying an end to preventable mortality and morbidity and fulfilment of sexual and reproductive health and rights; achieving this through universal health coverage, with targets that guide countries to leave no one behind
  • Focus on the most critical population groups for maximizing progress towards improving health and development outcomes, particularly newborns and adolescents
  • Integrate health-related targets into all relevant sectors such as nutrition, education, gender, and infrastructure such as water, sanitation and energy to address the underlying determinants of health
  • Include differentiated targets for countries based on their levels of development