The PMNCH 2011 Report: Analysing Commitments to Advance the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health


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On behalf of the board and secretariat of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), we are pleased to introduce this 2011 report, Analysing Commitments to Advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

This report seeks to further our collective understanding of the current Global Strategy commitments, facilitating more effective advocacy to advance the Every Woman, Every Child effort, as well as greater accountability in line with the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health.

This 2011 report is based on structured interviews with those who made commitments, supplemented by reviews of related documentation. This report analyses the specific nature of each commitment recorded through May 2011 to produce a preliminary picture of the achievements of the Global Strategy commitments to date, as well as to identify opportunities and challenges for advancement.

It has been only a year since the Global Strategy was launched and the first commitments were made. This report does not attempt to present a comprehensive picture of progress, nor is it mandated to do so. Rather, our goal is to spark discussion to inform future reporting and analysis, taking the view that accountability cannot start too early.

Topics of analysis for this report include:

  • the number of stakeholders, from different constituency groups, who have made commitments to advance the Global Strategy;
  • the estimated value of the financial contributions made, including the extent of new and additional resources and projected government health spending on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) through 2015 in 16 low-income countries;
  • the focus and scope of policy and service- delivery commitments made to date, including the use of innovation to catalyse progress;
  • the geographic distribution of commitments, mapped against current progress on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 in low- and middle-income countries;
  • the alignment of commitments with idenitified gaps in human resources for health, the coverage of essential RMNCH interventions, and integration with other MDGs; and
  • the extent to which commitments relate to promoting human rights, equity and empowerment, addressing structural and political barriers that impede progress.

As stated in the Delhi Declaration (2010), PMNCH members are firmly committed to working together across all stakeholder groups to “turn pledges into action” and to hold ourselves accountable. We hope this report contributes to these goals, and to even greater progress in saving the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015

Dr Julio Frenk, PMNCH Chair
Dr Julio Frenk, Chair PMNCH
Dean of Harvard School of Public Health
Dr Carole Presern, Director PMNCH
Dr Carole Presern, Director PMNCH