2012-15 PMNCH Strategic Framework

And accompanying "Workplan and Budget" documents

Executive summary

This document sets out the Strategic Framework for the operations of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (the Partnership) over the course of 2012 to 2015. It draws on discussions and conclusions from a number of Board meetings, as well as extensive consultations with the Partnership’s members. It also reflects the Board’s decision to recognize the entire reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) Continuum of Care as the operational context for the Partnership.

On the right, find links to the Strategic Framework document by chapter, and a link to download the full document in pdf format. As well, find link to the archive of PMNCH Workplan and Budget documents which accompanying this 2012-15 Strategic Framework.

The context for this Strategy is the success of the Partners in delivering the objectives in the Strategy and Workplan 2009 to 2011, which has contributed to major achievements in women’s and children’s health during this period. However, many opportunities and challenges are left for the global health community in terms of reducing child mortality (Millennium Development Goal 4) and improving maternal health (MDG 5), as well as in working towards achieving all the other MDGs. Key opportunities arise from the important political and financial commitments (e.g. the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, and the Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa). Challenges include pressures on the global economy, other health priorities, an increasing tendency to focus on single health issues, and the challenges of the current global health aid architecture.

The Partnership’s value proposition arises from its being the only platform that brings together all of the many Partners in the global health community focused on improving the health of women and children and promoting the Continuum of Care. The Partnership’s activities are guided by its Vision and Mission:

  • Vision: The achievement of the MDGs, with women and children enabled to realize their right to the highest attainable standard of health in the years to 2015 and beyond.
  • Mission: Supporting Partners to align their strategic directions and catalyse collective action to achieve universal access to comprehensive, high-quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health care.

The Partnership’s work will be focused through three Strategic Objectives (SOs), which reflect the Partnership’s value proposition and provide the framework for developing individual outputs and activities:

  • SO 1: Broker knowledge and innovation for action, leading to increased access to, and use of, knowledge and innovations to enhance policy, service delivery and financing mechanisms.
  • SO 2: Advocate for mobilizing and aligning resources and for greater engagement, leading to additional resource commitments for RMNCH, visibility of women’s and children’s health issues in relevant forums, and consensus on evidence-based policy development and implementation.
  • SO 3: Promote accountability for resources and results, leading to better information to monitor RMNCH results, as well as better and more systematic tracking of how resource commitments are actually allocated.

In achieving these objectives, the Partnership will structure its activities around four operational principles:

  • Being partner-centric, by supporting Partners to deliver the Partnership’s objectives, without replacing or replicating Partners’ work or their internal governance / accountability processes.
  • Focusing on convening (i.e. providing a platform for Partners to discuss and agree on ways to align their existing and new activities) and brokering (i.e. actively brokering knowledge, innovations, collaborations, etc. among the Partners).
  • Being driven by country demand and regional priorities.
  • Promoting the Continuum of Care approach to improve women’s and children’s health.

The success of the Partnership will be measured in its ability to achieve the identified outcomes for each of its three Strategic Objectives, as summarized in Table 1 below, and ultimately by supporting the Partners to deliver their respective mandates, and achieve better RMNCH outcomes in high-burden countries than would otherwise have been possible.