Global Strat­egy: A new par­a­digm

Daily Trust - - HEALTH -

Satur­day 26th Septem­ber 2015 was another his­toric and mem­o­rable in­ter­na­tional day as we all gath­ered with bliss dur­ing the 70th United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly for the launch of the Global Strat­egy for Women’s, Chil­dren’s, and Ado­les­cents 2.0 cov­er­ing 2016 -2020.

I re­mem­ber vividly when it was 1st launched in Septem­ber 2010 by the UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, the Global Strat­egy for Women’s and Chil­dren’s Health has con­trib­uted to sig­nif­i­cant progress world­wide for women’s and chil­dren’s sur­vival and health.

The Ev­ery Woman Ev­ery Child move­ment that grew out of the Global Strat­egy had mo­bi­lized ac­tors from all sec­tors to work to­wards shared goals. Strong progress has been made to­wards the vi­sion to end all pre­ventable ma­ter­nal, new­born, child, and ado­les­cent deaths.

This new up­dated Global Strat­egy for Women’s, Chil­dren’s, and Ado­les­cents’ Health will build on new ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing the need to fo­cus on crit­i­cal pop­u­la­tion groups such as new­borns, ado­les­cents and those liv­ing in frag­ile and con­flict set­tings, build the re­silience of health sys­tems, im­prove the qual­ity of health ser­vices and eq­uity in their cov­er­age, and work with healthen­hanc­ing sec­tors on is­sues such as women’s em­pow­er­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, nutri­tion, wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene. It will align with the tar­gets and in­di­ca­tors de­vel­oped for the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals frame­work and out­line op­por­tu­ni­ties for means of im­ple­men­ta­tion, in­clud­ing in­no­va­tive fi­nanc­ing and the Global Fi­nanc­ing Fa­cil­ity.

The Global Strat­egy launched at the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly has a draft fiveyear im­ple­men­ta­tion plan and will be pro­posed for for­mal endorsement at the World Health Assem­bly in May 2016 with the fol­low­ing key Prin­ci­ples 1. Strong coun­try own­er­ship. 2. The high­est-level and broad­based po­lit­i­cal sup­port. 3. Added value. 4. Mo­bi­liz­ing am­bi­tious con­crete multi-stake­holder ac­tion.

5. A hu­man-rights based ap­proach.

6. Align­ing with SDGs re­lated pro­cesses and mech­a­nisms.

Dur­ing the launch, the United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon had an­nounced over $25 bil­lion in ini­tial com­mit­ments span­ning five years to help end pre­ventable deaths of women, chil­dren and ado­les­cents, and en­sure their health and well-be­ing. Heads of State and gov­ern­ment, in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, the pri­vate sec­tor, foun­da­tions, civil so­ci­ety, re­search and aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions, and other key part­ners joined the event dur­ing the UN Sum­mit for the adop­tion of the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment agenda to pledge their sup­port to the Global Strat­egy for Women’s, Chil­dren’s and Ado­les­cents’ Health.

“The Global Strat­egy for Women’s, Chil­dren’s and Ado­les­cents’ Health, which I am proud to launch to­day, will help to build re­silient and healthy so­ci­eties. We have shown that our


and part­ner­ship can yield con­crete re­sults. I, and the en­tire UN sys­tem, re­main ded­i­cated to sav­ing and im­prov­ing the lives of the most vul­ner­a­ble amongst us,” said Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

The com­mit­ments an­nounced are ex­pected to grow sig­nif­i­cantly in the com­ing years, and in­clude new poli­cies and ground­break­ing part­ner­ships from 40 coun­tries and over 100 in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, phil­an­thropic foun­da­tions, UN agen­cies, civil so­ci­ety and the pri­vate sec­tor. Pledges in­clude con­tri­bu­tions from the United States ($3.3 bil­lion), Canada ($2.6 bil­lion), Swe­den ($2.5 bil­lion), Ger­many ($1.3 bil­lion), Nor­way ($420 mil­lion), Nether­lands ($326 mil­lion) and Korea ($300 mil­lion) among other donor coun­tries, but do not re­flect sub­stan­tial do­mes­tic re­sources al­ready com­mit­ted to this agenda.

The amount pledged so far also in­cludes an es­ti­mated $6 bil­lion of in-kind con­tri­bu­tions, as well as com­mit­ments to the Global Fi­nanc­ing Fa­cil­ity in sup­port of Ev­ery Woman Ev­ery Child, launched dur­ing the Third In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Fi­nanc­ing for De­vel­op­ment, in Ad­dis Ababa in July.

It glad­dens my heart to con­clude this ar­ti­cle by shar­ing what some world lead­ers said dur­ing the launch in or­der to en­cour­age African Lead­ers to fol­low suit with more con­certed po­lit­i­cal will and ac­tion for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the global strat­egy.

• “As we tran­si­tion from the Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals to the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals, we can be proud of the progress we made. The Ev­ery Woman Ev­ery Child move­ment achieved much in the last five years, but we have so much more to do to en­sure that no woman, no child, no ado­les­cent is left be­hind. With the SDGs we are sow­ing the seeds of pro­found change. Part­ner­ship is es­sen­tial in re­al­iz­ing the am­bi­tions of the Global Strat­egy, and to en­sur­ing ac­count­abil­ity for ev­ery­one’s ac­tions. Our col­lec­tive in­vest­ments over the next 15 years are aimed at end­ing pre­ventable deaths in a gen­er­a­tion, en­sur­ing that ev­ery woman, ev­ery child, and ev­ery ado­les­cent ev­ery­where reaches their full po­ten­tial.”Mrs. Graça Machel Board Chair, Part­ner­ship for Ma­ter­nal, New­born & Child Health.

• “Sup­port­ing the Global Strat­egy for Women’s, Chil­dren’s and Ado­les­cents’ Health is key to end­ing pre­ventable deaths and achiev­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.”Prime Min­is­ter Erna Sol­bergNor­way.

• “When the health of women and chil­dren im­proves, life im­proves by ev­ery mea­sure. Bet­ter health leads to bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties, which lead to broader pros­per­ity.”Mr. Bill Gates.

• “The UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral’s up­dated Global Strat­egy lays out a clear path to end pre­ventable ma­ter­nal and child deaths by 2030. And now through the Global Fi­nanc­ing Fa­cil­ity, the world has an un­prece­dented op­por­tu­nity to mo­bi­lize the re­sources nec­es­sary to reach that goal.”Mr. Jim Yong KimPres­i­dent, World Bank Group.

• “WHO is deeply com­mit­ted to work­ing with coun­tries and part­ners to trans­form the bold ideas of this strat­egy into re­al­ity. We all must hold our­selves ac­count­able to mea­sure and track progress to­wards these am­bi­tious goals to en­sure that ev­ery woman, child and ado­les­cent has ac­cess to the health ser­vices they need to sur­vive and thrive.”Dr. Mar­garet ChanDirec­torGen­eral, World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

All com­ments to Dr. Aminu Ma­gashi, Pub­lisher Health Re­porters (health­weekly@ya­

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