First Asia-Pacific workshop on developing country roadmaps


Implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

Delegations from seven east Asian and Western Pacific countries (China, Mongolia, Cambodia, Lao, Philippines and Viet Nam, and Papua New Guinea), supported by a range of country, regional and global partners*, met in Manila, Philippines on 19-21 March to develop country roadmaps to strengthen national accountability and action for improving women’s and children’s health.

The Manila workshop, one in a series of regional workshops that will ultimately cover 75 priority countries, is part of the action plan for implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. The Commission, which presented its final report in September 2011, outlined recommendations in three areas: better tracking of results, better tracking of resources, and better oversight of results and resources, nationally and globally. A similar workshop was held for the Africa region in Dar es Salaam in February. Please link below to the Dar es Salaam workshop report.

The country delegations who participated in the “Multi-country workshop to strengthen results and accountability for women’s and children’s health”, organized by WHO and partners, including PMNCH, assessed their current situations and developed draft roadmaps for enhancing accountability in seven key areas for action: monitoring of results, tracking resources, civil registration and vital statistics, maternal death reviews, strengthening the use of information and communication technology (ICT), strengthening national mechanisms for review and accountability, and advocacy for accountability and action.

A Country Accountability Framework (CAF) tool, with suggested criteria for progress in each of these seven areas, was used by the delegations to identify strengths and weaknesses and define appropriate actions for their country.

The objectives of the CAF tool are:

  • To provide an overview of the current status of the different components of a country accountability framework for the health sector, with a focus on Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH);
  • To lay the foundation for the development of a roadmap with specific activities to implement/strengthen the country accountability.

In addition, each delegation made a start with the development of a roadmap to implement the accountability framework according to their specific needs and priorities.

As a next step, national stakeholders workshops are to be organized where the results of the assessment and draft roadmap will be presented to a broader group of stakeholders, resulting in a final roadmap 2012-2015, which in every country will build upon and strengthen existing processes. It should also form the basis for the identification of a set of priority activities that can be implemented in 2012-13.

* Partners present at the workshop: Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) East and Southeast Asia and Oceania Region, Korea Foundation for International Care (KOFIH), Save the Children (Viet Nam), Likhaan Center for Women’s Health (Philippines), the Mongolian Family Welfare Association, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) APRO, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Viet Nam, UNICEF Mongolia, Philippines, and World Vision Development Foundation.