Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

World Prematurity Day 2014: saving lives, committing to the future of people

iERG / Natasha de Francisco

17 November 2014 - Preterm birth is the largest single cause of death among children under-5. And yet this largely preventable cause of childhood mortality is almost entirely ignored by the international community. This scandal of inaction must end.

Action by countries to save the lives of children born prematurely, some of the most vulnerable children in the societies today, is a measure of the commitment of that society to the future of its own people. World Prematurity Day is a moment for governments to recommit to a better future for their citizens.

World Pneumonia Day 2014: every breath of every child counts

WHO /Anna Kari
Carla, Favela São Rafael, Guarulhos, Brazil. Child pneumonia.

12 November 2014 - Each minute of every day, 2 children under-5 die of pneumonia. That figure adds up to 107 deaths every hour, 2562 deaths every day, and 935,000 deaths every year. Most of these deaths are entirely preventable.
World Pneumonia Day provides an opportunity to look again at the size and scale of an utterly preventable, but still all too common, cause of childhood death. It provides a moment to express our shock at the unacceptable toll of disease and death which pneumonia brings to those embarking on a new life. It provides the platform to speak out and say we must work together to end the epidemic—now.

iERG 2014 report at PAHO's 53d Directing Council

3 October 2014 | Washington - There has been progress in improving the health situation of women and children in the region of the Americas and the world, but there is much left to do, said Carmen Barroso, Regional Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), and one of nine members of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG). Barroso presented the findings from the 2014 iERG report, Every Woman, Every Child: a Post-2015 Vision, during PAHO’s 53rd Directing Council.

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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 2014

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