Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

The iERG 2013 report

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The second report summarises progress towards MDGs 4 and 5, the delivery of commitments made to the UN SG’s Global Strategy, and the Commission’s recommendations. It also takes two new subjects—country accountability and adolescents—and reviews status in both areas. The iERG puts forth six new recommendations, in addition to those made last year, and reviews how the recommendations made in 2012 have been received and responded to by partners.


Executive summary


  • Every Woman, Every Child: a mid-term progress report
  • The Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health: delivering accountability
  • Accountability in countries: enhancing national oversight of women’s and children’s health
  • Adolescents: a gap in global and national accountability
  • Conclusions and recommendations




  • Appendix 1: Recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health
  • Appendix 2: Terms of reference of the iERG and its countries of concern
  • Appendix 3: Recommendations of the Commission on Life-Saving Commodities
  • Appendix 4: High-level panel—universal goals and national targets for women and children
  • Appendix 5: Evidence commissione dby, and submitted to, the iERG
  • Appendix 6: Global Health Estimates: Proposals on the Way Forward

Case studies

  • Syria: The devastating impact of civil conflict on health services for women and children
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: The urgent need for greater political leadership
  • Pakistan: Conflict, disaster, and protecting maternal and child health
  • Niger: Better data = better programmes
  • Guatemala: Resources for maternal health—Rights or privileges?
  • Bolivia:Young people lead efforts to improve adolescent sexual andreproductive health
  • Afghanistan: Improving maternal and child health in areas of conflict
  • Malawi: Focusing on human resources for health