Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

International Day for Discrimination of Violence Against Women 2014: beyond the health sector

UN Photo/Marie Frechon
Sexual violence victims in hospital for treatment, South Kivu, DRC

25 November 2014 - Violence against women is common worldwide, a severe abuse of a woman's human rights, and a global health challenge of epidemic proportions. An effective response to violence against women needs to go beyond the health sector. The iERG believes that the elimination of violence against women must be a central objective of the post-2015 era of sustainable development. Indeed, prioritising action to protect women and girls from the global epidemic of violence that they face will be an important litmus test of the ongoing political rhetoric about the future of human development.

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.

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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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