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life-saving commodities

10
recommendations

6 Million
women and children could be saved

More quality product, better used

  • Increasing availability
    There is a market for quality, essential medicines and health products.
  • Expanding access
    Affordable, quality commodities should be procured, distributed and stocked in health clinics.
  • Improving utilization
    The best medicines and health products will only be adopted if providers and end users know about them, when and how best to use them.

UN Commission on Information and Accountability (CoIA)

New commitments in support of Every Woman Every Child represent a major step towards filling the gap between the investment needed and what is currently provided for women’s and children’s health. These investments will be measured and tracked to ensure accountability for commitments, actions and results.

The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health calls for the World Health Organization (WHO) to chair a process to determine the most effective international institutional arrangements for ensuring global reporting, oversight and accountability on women’s and children’s health.

In response, a Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health was created, which proposed a framework for global reporting, oversight and accountability on women’s and children’s health. Through ten recommendations presented in its report Keeping Promises, Measuring Results, the Commission has created a system to track whether donations for women’s and children’s health are made on time, resources are spent wisely and transparently, and whether the desired results are achieved.

The accountability framework proposed by the Commission will:

  • Track results and resource flows at global and country levels;
  • Identify a core set of indicators and measurement needs for women’s and children’s health;
  • Propose steps to improve health information and registration of vital events – births and deaths – in low-income countries;
  • Explore opportunities for innovation in information technology to improve access to reliable information on resources and outcomes.

The World Health Organization has launched a new web site on results, resources and oversight related to women’s and children’s health, in support of Every Woman Every Child. The site will track progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the Accountability Commission and inform the international community about the work of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG).



independent Expert Review Group (iERG)

On the issue of global reporting, the Commission proposed a time-limited independent Expert Review Group (iERG) be established and operate until 2015:

Global oversight: Starting in 2012 and ending in 2015, an independent Expert Review Group is reporting regularly to the United Nations Secretary-General on the results and resources related to the Global Strategy and on progress in implementing this Commission’s recommendations. 

The Commission requested WHO to lead a transparent process to establish the iERG. A Selection Committee was convened to assess the potential candidates and propose a short list. The iERG is comprised of 7 members. Appointed individuals are expected to exercise autonomous, professional judgment and serve in an independent capacity.

Please see the Terms of Reference  of the iERG for more information:

The World Health Organization has launched a new web site on results, resources and oversight related to women’s and children’s health, in support of Every Woman Every Child. The site will track progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the Accountability Commission and inform the international community about the work of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG).