Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

IWD 2014: protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights

8 March 2014 - On International Women's Day, we, the members of the independent Expert Review Group on Women's and Children's Health, call on all leaders to work to create comprehensive policies, regulations, laws, and substantial investments to redress political, economic, and social inequities for women, adolescents and children.
On this day, we invite all of us to keep sexual and reproductive health and rights at the top of the international health and development agenda.
A just world depends on fulfilling the rights of women, adolescents and children.
The achievement of those rights will be a benefit to all peoples.

International Human Rights Day 2013: seeking a new normal

10 December 2013 | GENEVA - "We seek a new normal, where the right of every woman and every child to health is prioritized by all". Joy Phumaphi, the iERG Chair, addressed the participants of the Consultation on Applying Human Rights to Women’s and Children’s Health that took place in Oslo, 5-6 December 2013, on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day. The Oslo Consultation provided a forum for a broader discussion and sharing of experiences of impact of implementation of a rights based approach to health service delivery. Participants marked a significant progress that has been made in further articulating the importance of human rights as a foundation for improving health.

The iERG welcomes a new member: Sejal Hathi, 22 years old

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15 November 2013 | GENEVA - Take adolescents seriously! This is one of the six key recommendations that the iERG put forward in the recently released 2013 report – Every Woman, Every Child: Strengthening Equity and Dignity through Health.
In response to this recommendation, WHO initiated a Call for submission of nomination of a young person to join the iERG for the next biennium. The Selection Committee reviewed 49 applications of extraordinary young female and male candidates and reached an unanimous decision to appoint Ms Sejal Hathi as a new ninth member of the iERG. Very warm welcome, Sejal!

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Key functions of the iERG:

- To assess the extent to which all stakeholders honour their commitments to the Global Strategy and the Commission; including the US$ 40 billion of commitments made in September 2010

- To review progress in implementation of the recommendations of the Commission

- To assess progress towards greater transparency in the flow of resources and achieving results

- To identify obstacles to implementing both the Global Strategy and the Commission’s recommendations

- To identify good practice, including in policy and service delivery, accountability arrangements and value-for-money approaches relating to the health of women and children

- To make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the accountability framework developed by the Commission

iERG events at UNGA 2013

22 September 2013

Launch Brunch: "Accountability for Results. Keeping Our Promises to Women and Children."/ 9-11:30 am

Co-hosted by the Countdown to 2015, PMNCH, iERG, and WHO, the event will bring together stakeholders to examine the issue of accountability and women’s and children’s health. The event will mark the launch of the second iERG report, the third PMNCH Accountability Report, as well as present the latest data on women and children’s health globally. Richard Horton and Joy Phumaphi, iERG Co-Chairs, will present the iERG 2013 report.

Contact us

iERG Secretariat
World Health Organization
20, avenue Appia
1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland

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