Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

Philippines multi-country workshop: accountability roadmaps for the Western Pacific region

WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO) hosted a meeting of key stakeholders from the partner community and the ministries of health of seven countries of the region - Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Viet Nam. The experts discussed and developed country roadmaps to further enhance results and accountability for women's and children's health in particular and the health sector as a whole.

Specific objectives included:

  • orient key stakeholders about the context and implications of the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health;
  • assess the current situation in terms of progress and plans, opportunities and challenges for implementing the recommendations, and identity priority actions;
  • building on existing plans and frameworks, develop a country roadmap for enhancing accountability with activities for the next 4 years outlining how the gaps and priorities will be addressed and implemented;
  • establish a shared understanding of the work required and the roles and responsibilities of each partner to implement the roadmap.

Outputs:

  • increased awareness and understanding by country and regional stakeholders of the Commission recommendations and opportunities/challenges for country implementation;
  • an assessment and 4-year accountability roadmap for each country, identifying the priority actions;
  • shared understanding of the work required and the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders in implementing the roadmap and a set of concrete next steps, including technical assistance requirements.

Next Steps

Following the workshop, the countries are anticipated to take their accountability roadmaps and have a follow-up review meeting with key national and sub-national stakeholders to review, endorse and validate the roadmap and define clear roles and responsibilities.

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When: 19-21 March 2012
Where: Manila, Philippines