Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health

Chairs and Vice-Chairs

H.E. Mr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
President, United Republic of Tanzania

"It is with a deep sense of humility and gratitude that I accept the appointment to serve as co-chair of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health. Improving the health of women and children is a matter that is very close to my heart. I am very passionate about getting the opportunity to do something to help save the lives and improve the living conditions of many innocent children and mothers. I look forward with great anticipation to working with my co-Chair, the Prime Minister of Canada, Right Honourable Stephen Harper and the other Commissioners to deliver on the Commission's objectives."

Mr Stephen Harper
Prime Minister, Canada

"I welcome the new Commission and I am honoured to have been asked to serve as co-chair along with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete. Canada's participation in this Commission means that we will continue to play a leadership role in helping the world meet both G-8 and Millennium Development Goal Summit commitments – commitments that will help significantly reduce the appalling mortality rates among women and children in the developing world. I look forward to working with other members to improve the health of women and children in the world, improve how vital health information is registered, collected and shared, and find the best ways of tracking resources and investments at the global and country levels."

Dr Margaret Chan
Director-General, World Health Organization

"As we know from long experience, throwing money at a problem is not the answer. Accountability requires counting: counting the resources actually delivered and measuring the impact on health outcomes, but also counting births, deaths, illnesses, causes, and weaknesses in health systems that contribute to these causes. Resources come with an expectation of results. I look forward to working with the Commission to propose expedient ways to improve the tracking of financial and other commitments from partners, the measurement of results, and the capacity of developing countries to collect and analyse basic health data."

Dr Hamadoun Touré
Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union

"Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are among the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to dramatically improve health outcomes for infants and their mothers. As co-vice chair of this important Commission, I look forward to sharing our knowledge and actively collaborating with partner agencies and ITU's unique mix of government and private sector members. Together, we can harness the power of technology to make a real and lasting difference to child and maternal health worldwide."