Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

3d report of the independent Expert Review Group

The UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, Every Woman Every Child, was launched in September, 2010 to accelerate progress towards MDGs 4 (child survival) and 5 (maternal and reproductive health). A critical part of this strategy was the creation of an accountability mechanism to ensure that commitments to women’s and children’s health were being delivered on time and with impact. The UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health reported in 2011. One of the Commission’s 10 recommendations was the creation of an independent Expert Review Group (iERG) to report regularly to the UN Secretary-General on the results and resources related to the Global Strategy, and on progress in implementing the Commission’s recommendations.

Launch of the 3d iERG report: Every Woman, Every Child: a post-2015 vision

This is the third of the four annual reviews that the iERG will complete up to and including the Millennium Development Goal target date of 2015.

The third report reviews progress towards: MDGs 4 and 5, the delivery of commitments made to the UN SG’s Global Strategy, COIA recommendations, and recommendations of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities. For the first time it sets out the iERG's vision for women’s and children’s health beyond 2015. It focuses on two issues – the health of women and children, and accountability. The report also provides an overview of the very first iERG's country visits - Malawi and Peru – made by the iERG teams with the objective of understanding more about their progress towards meeting the CoIA recommendations. The iERG puts forth six new recommendations, in addition to those made in 2012 and 2013, and reviews how the recommendations made in the past two years have been received and responded to by partners.

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