Stakeholders meet in Canada to examine delivering for women’s and children’s health

20-22 NOVEMBER 2011 | OTTAWA

Commission on Information and Accountability and Expert Review Group

Ms Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation of Canada, speaks at a luncheon with Dr M. Chan, Director General WHO
Credit: C. Roussakis/QMI Agency
Ms Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation of Canada speaks at a luncheon with Dr M. Chan, Director General WHO

More than 100 policymakers, donors, technical advisors, academics and advocates from around the world gathered in Ottawa for a two-day meeting to advance the implementation of the workplan of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health. Outcomes from the meeting included the development of a high-level action plan to take forward key components of the Commission's recommendations, including acceleration of work on vital registration systems, resource-tracking, and global monitoring of progress.

Outcomes from the meeting included the development of a high-level action plan to take forward key components of the Commission's recommendations, including acceleration of work on vital registration systems, resource-tracking, and global monitoring of progress. PMNCH will play a key role in this joint plan, leading on advocacy for the Commission recommendations in partnership with regional and national stakeholders, and contributing to the accountability work of the independent Expert Review Group (ERG).

The meeting was co-organized by the Canadian International Development Agency and the World Health Organization. Opening comments were given by the Canadian Minister for International Cooperation Beverley Oda and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. "I find what has happened, in such a short time, extremely exciting and extremely promising as a model for better international health cooperation," said Dr Chan. "Together we are embarking on a revolutionary shift towards good global health governance."

Expert Review Group (ERG)

Ottawa was also the site for the first meeting of the ERG, co-chaired by Lancet editor Richard Horton and ALMA Executive Secretary Joy Phumaphi. Held in parallel with the Commission workplan meeting, six of the seven-member group met to refine its scope of work, delineate key principles to guide this work, and develop a broad plan for reporting progress to the UN Secretary-General in September 2012 at the time of the UN General Assembly. The ERG will also seek to communicate as widely as possible, and will launch a new web site to highlight progress through its host secretariat at the WHO.

CIDA increases funding and helps launch Canadian Network for MNCH

During the meeting, the Government of Canada, through CIDA, announced further support for phase two of the Johns Hopkins' Real-Time Results Tracking project, which will allow CIDA to track the results of its child health interventions in real time and adjust its programming to maximize the number of child lives saved. The total CIDA contribution is $8 million until 2014.

The Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health was launched during a round table meeting with Canadian health stakeholders in Ottawa by Minister Oda. Link on the right to the press releases from regarding the Canadian MNCH Network and CIDA's funding announcement.