What works and why? Success Factors for collaborating across sectors for improved women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health


Woman raising her hand.
UNAMID, Sudan/Albert González Farran

PMNCH’s landmark Success Factors studies (2014) found that, even with similar resources, some countries did better than others in improving maternal and child health during the Millennium Development Goal era. One of the main factors distinguishing successful countries was action across multiple sectors. More broadly, key public health studies, such as the Global Burden of Disease, are continuing to expand the evidence base about the influence of multisectoral determinants.

The message is clear: in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), partners must urgently redouble efforts to collaborate, across sectors and stakeholder groups, to achieve results for women, children and adolescents.

But what are countries experiencing in collaborating across sectors? What innovations are emerging which enable this collaboration? What are the impacts? What are the challenges? What are we learning? Understanding what works and why for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health will unlock faster country progress in achieving the SDGs, especially in very low-resource settings.

Through a global call for proposals, PMNCH is seeking inspiring examples of collaborations across sectors designed to improve women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. We seek to develop case studies from low-, middle-, and high-income countries that provide inspiration, insight and ideas about what has worked and why, as well as the challenges addressed, in collaborating across sectors.

At the 2018 Partners’ Forum, to be held in New Delhi on 5-6 December 2018, we will showcase twelve Success Factors case studies of how collaboration across sectors can advance action and accountability for six EWEC priority themes: i) Early Childhood Development; ii) Adolescent Health and Well-Being; iii) Quality, Equity and Dignity in Services; iv) Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; v) Empowerment of Women, Girls and Communities; and vi) Humanitarian and Fragile Settings.

Together the case studies will be communicated to a wide audience in several different ways, including as a special issue of a global health journal to be launched at the Partners’ Forum, advocacy briefs, and a short video. The Partners’ Forum will serve as a pivotal advocacy moment at which the 12 case studies will be widely profiled and promoted, including through live-streamed sessions, and disseminated through traditional and digital media channels.