Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

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Background

A high-level commission to improve global reporting, oversight and accountability for women's and children’s health – the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health – was established in January 2011 following the launch of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in September 2010 at the UN with increased pledges worldwide to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.

In May 2011, the Commission presented an advance report to the World Health Assembly – Keeping Promises, Measuring Results – with its recommendations to increase the likelihood that pledges for women's and children's health are honoured and that resources are spent in the most effective way to save lives. The report's ten recommendations address the need to improve health information systems in countries and to track pledged resources and health expenditures for women and children.

Convened by the WHO, the Commission Co-Chairs include the President of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, and the Prime Minister of Canada, H.E. Stephen Harper, who led the Muskoka Initiative under Canada's G8 leadership. Approximately 30 commissioners from government, civil society, academia, the UN and other multilateral agencies have been appointed. Vice-chairs of the commission are Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, and Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

Find on the right, the link to the Commission’s website as well as links to the Report and the full set of stories and press releases regarding the Commission on the PMNCH website.

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