Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

Implementation of the Commission's recommendations


About the implementation process

In May 2011, the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health released the report "Keeping Promises, Measuring Results", which presents ten recommendations on monitoring, review and action for countries and globally, covering accountability for results and resources. The Commission expanded the scope from the 49 lowest income countries in the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health to 75 countries, by including an additional 25 countries that are part of the Countdown to 2015 for maternal, newborn and child health. Together these countries account for 98% of all maternal and child deaths in the world.

In July 2011, WHO in collaboration with the global partners organized the first stakeholder meeting to translate the ten recommendations into a workplan. This common strategic workplan specifies a series of global and country actions required to enhance accountability. The country actions build upon ongoing activities and focus on strengthening monitoring of results, tracking of resources, civil registration and vital statistics systems and maternal death review systems, catalyzed by innovation through information and communication technology and eHealth systems.

The second stakeholders meeting, co-organized by WHO and Canada, took place in Ottawa on 20-22 November 2011. At the end of the two-day meeting, an approach was agreed upon to take the Workplan forward, with lead organizations proposed for each key area. The responsibilities of these organizations will be to facilitate work in each area, including coordination, management and accountability for work done at the national, regional and/or global levels. Specific attention will be paid to country implementation and the strong involvement and leadership of regional organizations. The WHO will continue to oversee implementation of the Commission’s Workplan.

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