The Board has a Chair and two Co-Chairs who act in support of, and in the absence of, the Chair. As far as possible, the Chair and Co-Chairs reflect a balance between reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health interests and different constituencies and geographical areas.
The schedule for all meetings and accompanying documents and Notes for the Record can be found on the left.
Board responsibilities and manual
PMNCH Board responsibilities and those of its accompanying Committees are described in the PMNCH Board Manual, available on the right. The responsibilities include:
- Endorse the Partnership's mandate and institutional framework;
- Set policy, establish goals, priorities and strategies for the Partnership in line with internationally-agreed frameworks;
- Approve the Partnership's work plan and budget and monitors progress in their implementation;
- Mobilize adequate funds for the effective operation of the Partnership and its strategic framework;
- Support the PMNCH strategic priorities, i.e., political advocacy for RMNC health, harmonization and accountability;
- Establish committees of the Board and time-limited task forces and approve their terms of reference;
- Represent the Partnership to donors, countries, institutions and other appropriate fora;
- Approve Partnership publications;
- Present a consensus recommendation to the hosting agency concerning the appointment of the Executive Director of the Partnership Secretariat, as per due process described in the host-agency Memorandum of Understanding;
- Assume management responsibility for the Secretariat through the Executive Director and monitor his/her performance through regular reports and budget statements.
Size and composition
The Board consists of no more than 23 members selected from amongst the Partners’ Forum membership. Board Members represent seven constituencies (see below), ensuring there is a balance between reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and between national and international institutions as well as a mix of geographical representation.
Seats on the Board are allocated to representatives as follows:
- Academic/research/training institutions (three);
- Developing countries, represented through the Ministry responsible for health (four);
- Donor governments/agencies and foundations, including one specific seat for a foundation (four);
- Healthcare professional associations (three);
- Multilateral organizations with a health mandate related to MDGs 4 and 5: UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO and the World Bank (four);
- Non-governmental organizations (four);
- Optional seat which may be filled by an additional bilateral donor (one).