21 November 2016

Africa Coalition on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

The Africa MNCH Coalition commits to innovative and targeted advocacy over the next four years towards: improved domestic resources, budgeting and policy; political commitments, monitoring, accountability; and innovative partnerships. Advocacy will focus on both the health sector and on social determinant sectors which impact strongly on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), but which are not covered by health sector budgeting and policy. These include clean water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition and food security, gender equality, and improved civil registration. The Africa MNCH Coalition also commits to strengthening advocacy for specific proven interventions such as immunization and human resources for health. The Africa MNCH Coalition further commits that all our advocacy efforts will include the millions of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, especially vulnerable women and children, whose plight is a blight on the progress of the African continent. This new approach emphasizing improved policy and budgeting in key social determinant sectors is based on the landmark August 2011 Africa Integrated MNCH Advocacy Strategy, developed with the African Union Commission and a cross-section of partners. The Strategy integrates cross cutting- issues impacting MNCH, and importantly includes both alignment of the Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health with African MNCH Frameworks for more effective and integrated implementation at continental and country-level, and promotion of African ownership and accountability.