Launch brunch: PMNCH, Countdown & iERG
Brunch: “Keeping Promises, Measuring Results: How Are We Measuring Up?”
23 September 2012, 10:00 H - 12:30 H at the UN Millennium Plaza Hotel
A high-level Brunch hosted by PMNCH, the Countdown to 2015, The Lancet and the independent Review Group (iERG) on 23 September launched the much-anticipated PMNCH 2012 Report, as well as highlighted a new Lancet/Countdown series on maternal and child health, and the up-coming iERG Report.
New findings have been introduced from:
- Building a Future for Women an Children: The 2012 Report from Countdown to 2015
- The PMNCH 2012 Report on Commitments to the Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health
- The first annual report of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG)
Selected quotes - Dr Richard Horton, iERG Chair:
“Everyone is seeing a contraction in the resources that are being spent on .women and children. Donor aid is going down in countries they are facing very perilous budgets. So we have to make sure that the money that is spent is being used in the best way possible. And that’s why accountability matters so much."
“It is not just about putting out a profits and loss account of what is being spent on women’s and children’s health. It is actually about .sing accountability to accelerate progress in a human rights framework, so that we really value the life of every woman and every child and we see that they have the best possible future. And advocacy is crucial to that."
“I think the worry that we have is that we see the money for advocacy going down too. We have very technical arguments, but we are not reaching the political leaders, the presidents and prime ministers. We need to reach the presidents to get real change, transformation in the countries. And that is about effective advocacy."