Africa Regional RMNCH Advocacy Strategy Implementation Meeting
26 MARCH 2012 | KAMPALA, UGANDA
26 MARCH 2012 | KAMPALA, UGANDA - Over 140 partners gathered in Kampala to identify next steps in the implementation of the Integrated Strategy for Reproductive Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH), led by the African Union. This strategy, devised during a consultation in August 2011, promotes alignment of the implementation of several African and global frameworks for women’s and children’s health, including the Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal, Mortality in Africa, The Maputo Plan of Action and the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. The meeting was convened by PMNCH with the Africa MNCH Coalition.
Discussions yielded commitments by the African MNCH Coalition and its partners to strengthen national partnerships in support of the Integrated Strategy for RMNCH by using existing mechanisms, where possible. Partners also noted the importance of evidence in underpinning advocacy efforts. They committed to launch country Countdown to 2015 efforts, to underpin national advocacy efforts.
Partners also noted the importance of key stakeholders, especially parliamentarians, media and youth, in ensuring accountability for results and resources. They committed to support capacity- building efforts targeting both of these groups.
Finally, partners agreed that a cross-sector approach to women’s and children’s health is crucial. They also committed to expand advocacy efforts to include social determinants of health.
The session included parliamentarians, representatives of ministries of health, NGOs, professional associations, the media, the private sector, UN agencies, academia, donors and youth, and was held just before the Women Deliver Regional Consultation on 27-28 March 2012 in Kampala, which will identify regional priorities to shape the 2013 Women Deliver Conference.