Perspectives, Process and a Peek into Post-2015: the Delhi Consultation Closes
Gorna offered various ways to engage in the process including large consultations, partner lead opportunities, and an online interactive web hub. Using the experience of the GFF consultations last year she said that their brief survey surfaced key themes for the next strategy including focusing on adolescents, considering all settings, using a human rights approach, focusing on equity, quality, and acceleration plans. In sum she urged people to join the conversation by becoming engaged in a workstreams (lead contact information is available on the EWEC website), comments on the working papers, which would be available by 20 March for comment until early April and then once the GS 2.0 draft is ready prior to the WHA.
Joe Thomas, Executive Director at Partners in Population and Development, started off his remarks by saying that PPD is all about partnerships. It has been engaged with the UN Secretary -General and the Every Woman Every Child movement since 2014, when it made a commitment to support a global policy platform, south-to-south transfers, commodity and market issues, among other things. Thomas said the upcoming PPD meeting in Beijing this spring would help ensure political support for the technical aspects of the Global Strategy 2.0 and he welcomed the opportunity to bring it to other capitals.
Honorable Tabitha Khumalo, a Member of Parliament, Zimbabwe, said she may have “ruffled a few feathers during the meeting,” but that you must go outside the box to have true ownership. “The strategy needs to get to those who need it most. It needs to be domesticated as law and a constitution right. The three C’s – chamber to sell the strategy, C for committee and oversight and C for constituency to ensure a good feedback loop”. Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, she read, “Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or as brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity, the female sex, not the weaker sex. It is the nobler of the two. When this law is domesticated, it is followed up.
In her closing remarks Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization paid tribute to C.K. Mishra and the Indian government and others that have supported the vision. She lauded the hard work and successes to improve RMNCAH in India and agreeing to take on this mantle of hosting the conference. She concluded by thanking the Indian Government for its wonderful hospitality and articulated vision.
C.K. Mishra, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in response, graciously accepted the well wishes, saying that India has been and will continue to be a friend of Every Woman Every Child for years to come.