Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

Post-Commission News


  • 19 November
    A new investment framework estimates that on average, across 74 high-burden countries, just $5 per person per year through 2035 could yield up to nine times that value in economic and social benefits.
  • 16 September
    The second partner report on implementation of the Commission's recommendations (July 2012 – May 2013) is now released. The partners conclude that there is no doubt that momentum has been created and progress achieved towards the CoIA recommendations. The majority of the targets are on track; however, more rapid progress is needed against several recommendations, including: 2) Health Indicators; 3) eHealth and Innovation; 5) Country Compacts; 6) Reaching Women and Children; 7) National Oversight; and 8) Transparency.
  • September 2013
    WHO Bulletin special issue focuses on women’s health, with a focus on the life-course approach needed to address critical needs of women after their reproductive years.
  • 29 August
    Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health together with WHO, UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched on 28 August 2013 Sudan's National Acceleration Plan for Maternal and Child Health.
  • 19 August
    Ending preventable maternal deaths: the time is now – Editorial in The Lancet
  • 28-30 May
    WHO had a busy schedule at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur. In addition to pre-conference activities courses and technical exchanges, WHO chaired and participated on panels in numerous sessions and symposia. Sessions of particular interest included launches of new reports:Investment case for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of syphilis; Comprehensive cervical cancer prevention and control - a healthier future for girls and women; Accountability for maternal, newborn & child survival: The 2013 update - Countdown to 2015
  • 12 April
    WHO and UNICEF launch the Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) to provide the cohesive approach critical for prevention and control of these two killer diseases.
  • 26 March
    A workshop on “Ensuring Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health” took place at the recent IPU 128th Assembly in Quito, Ecuador, on March 26th 2013. The workshop was organized to commemorate the one year anniversary of the IPU resolution, “the role of parliaments in achieving maternal, new born and child health as a basic right”, adopted at the 126th IPU Assembly in Kampala. The workshop was attended by over 100 Speakers of parliaments, parliamentarians and other interested parties, and renewed the commitment to the resolution.
  • 7 March
    A lunch time event to discuss a study looking at evidence proving that human rights-based approaches have helped to improve women’s and children’s health was held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The event focused on strengthening the implementation of the child’s right to health and on accountability processes and mechanisms that need to be in place to ensure compliance with the State’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant human rights treaties.
  • 7-9 February
    Ministers from central and state governments, leaders from the private sector, civil society, media and multilateral organizations, academia and funding agencies came together for a follow-up summit to last year’s Child Survival Call to Action, convened in Washington D.D. by the Governments of India, Ethiopia and the United States, in conjunction with UNICEF. This national event held in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India, to end preventable deaths of children under-five provided a platform to launch a strategic roadmap for accelerating child survival and development in the near future and beyond 2015.
  • 29-30 January
    Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ministers of health and high-level representatives from 22 countries met in Dubai to agree on approaches to saving the lives of mothers and children: accelerating progress towards achieving MDGs 4 and 5 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
  • 28 January
    Meeting at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Heads of State and Government made new commitments to speed-up the reduction of maternal death and disability in the continent. Today’s commitments followed a high-level event they attended a day earlier, on reinforcing the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). The event was organized by the African Union Commission, with the help of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
  • 22 January
    The Global Campaign for the Health Millennium Development Goals was initiated by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway in 2007. The Campaign brings together a number of actions and initiatives, all aimed at fulfilling the promises given by world leaders in the Millennium Declaration in 2000. Since the launch, regularly reports have been published focusing on progress on women’s and children’s health. The report of 2013, Accelerating Progress in saving the Lives of Women and Children, provides an update on the significant developments and new commitments since 2010, when the United Nations Secretary-General launched his Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.
  • 21–29 January
    The WHO Executive Board's (EB) 132nd session took place in Geneva from 21–29 January 2013. As well as governance, interaction with non-governmental bodies and the streamlining of the WHO, the EB examined several documents related to PMNCH’s focus of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health.
  • 16 - 18 January
    Ministers of Health from 54 African countries have been invited to come together with peers and global experts to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to ensure child survival is at the forefront of the social development agendas across the continent and renew the focus of African leaders to head their own country’s efforts and sustain the gains made over the last two decades.
  • 15-17 January
    The Global Maternal Health Conference 2013 took place in Tanzania. It is a technical conference for scientists, researchers, and policy-makers to network, share knowledge, and build on progress toward eradicating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity by improving quality of care.