The PMNCH 2012 Report

Analysing Progress on Commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health

Foreword

"On behalf of the Board and secretariat of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), we are pleased to introduceThe PMNCH 2012 Report - Analysing Progress on Commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. The report was produced in response to a request from the independent Expert Review Group (iERG) to inform its reporting to the United Nations Secretary-General on progress in women’s and children’s health. The report builds on the PMNCH 2011 Report and reviews progress on commitments made by 220 stakeholders to the Global Strategy and in support of Every Woman Every Child.

"The report finds that the Global Strategy has been a catalyst for more focused and coordinated efforts for women’s and children’s health. It also concludes that implementation is underway but faces some constraints. Based on the report’s findings, the following recommendations on the way forward are made:

  • Provide additional support to countries with high mortality rates and/or off-track to reach MDGs 4 and 5 but receiving little support at present;
  • Focus commitments more strongly on interventions that address major causes of death and are receiving little attention;
  • Leverage additional financial resources to further reduce the funding gap identified in the Global Strategy;
  • Address constraints to implementation of commitments, in particular related to financial and human resources;
  • Integrate efforts with other sectors that are critical to improving women’s and children’s health, such as education, water and sanitation, transportation and information and communications technologies;
  • Support the implementation of the recommendations by the Commission on Information and Accountability, including strengthening health information systems and tracking of international and domestic financial resources;
  • Include indicators and means to track progress and impact in future commitments.

"Many people and organizations have collaborated to produce this report, and they are listed in full on page 78. Here we would like in particular to acknowledge the following: all stakeholders who generously invested time to provide information on the implementation of their commitments; the coordinators of the PMNCH 2012 Report – Jennifer Goosen, Geoff Black (CIDA), Neema Rusibamayila (Government of Tanzania), Stefan Germann (World Vision International) and Lene Lothe (Norad); as well as the Advisory Group for the 2012 Report.

"We hope this report helps readers to understand the progress that has been made towards implementing the Global Strategy, as well as the remaining gaps and challenges, and that it contributes to advancing accountability for commitments to women’s and children’s health. Moving forward, it will be important to report on progress on women’s and children’s health in its totality, to which the Global Strategy contributes. This is done best by countries, where accountability belongs, with active engagement of governments, communities and civil society, supported by regional and global actors, such as the independent Expert Review Group. The global community has a duty to the women and children of the world to keep its promises and to be held accountable."

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