31 May 2019 - The health and well-being of women, children and adolescents are frequently overlooked in conflicts, emergencies and disasters. The coordination of international health interventions in humanitarian and fragile settings has become a major challenge. Alongside the 72nd session of the World Health Assembly, PMNCH and the World Bank co-organized a High-Level Briefing on Aligning Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and Well-being in Humanitarian and Fragile Settings, taking a life-course approach. During the briefing session, the First Lady of Turkey, ministers, ambassadors and dignitaries discussed the topic and launched a Call for Action.
Universal health coverage (UHC) is rapidly emerging as an essential framework to promote healthy lives and wellbeing for all people (SDG 3). As countries define their UHC policies and programmes, there is a unique opportunity to ensure that UHC efforts include sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) interventions that are grounded in evidence and based on principles of gender equality and equity in access. Improving the health of women, girls and adolescents, including their SRHR, is at the centre of UHC’s broad health and development goals, and critical to their achievement.
The overall picture for global health spending is mixed. Absolute levels of health spending are rising -- but they remain too low in many countries to finance universal health coverage, and health is still not given enough priority by governments – this is the key message of an article in The BMJ, co-authored by PMNCH and published on 20 May 2019.