20 February 2019

White Ribbon Alliance


Commitment Progress

From the launch of the Global Strategy, in September 2015 to December 2017, WRA, while working closely with organized citizen groups, academia, CSOs, media houses and several state-actors,  has contributed to the following changes:
1. Mobilization and empowerment of more than 400,000 people in eight (8) countries to effectively demand for quality Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn (RMN) healthcare
2. Increased MNCH funding for the 2017-18 fiscal year by 26 and 53 percent in Sindh Province, Pakistan and Tanzania, respectively;
3. Combined recruitment of upwards of 30,000 health workers in Malawi, Sindh Province, Pakistan and Tanzania;
4. Procurement of essential medical equipment and supplies and restoration of electricity in 14 facilities, benefiting a service population of nearly 500,000 people in Niger state, Nigeria;
5. Upgrading of 150 health facilities to offer comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care (CEmONC) and establishment of seven new blood banks in Tanzania;
6. New policy and funding to support strengthened RMNCAH accountability mechanisms, such as Ward Health Development Committees (WHDC) in Niger State and Health Center Committees (HCC) in Kwe Kwe District, Zimbabwe;
7. Embedding of Quality, Equity and Dignity (QED) in health services as one of six priority pillars of Every Woman Every Child’s (EWEC) Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health;
8. Inclusion of recommendations on citizen-led accountability for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) in the Independent Accountability Panel’s (IAP), the High-level Working Group on Health and Human Rights (HLWGHHR) and the EWEC Global Strategy reports;
9. Development of a civil society engagement strategy for the Global Financing Facility (GFF);
10. Commitments to accountability, QED and RMNCAH from high-level politicians in India, Malawi, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Uganda as well as by the Acting President of Nigeria; and

We also worked cross-sector with the Ministry of Education and Medical Training institutions to incorporate QED, respectful maternity care and maternal nutrition into education and training curricula in Malawi and Pakistan respectively.


White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) believes that lasting change in society comes about when enough people join forces to demand that their government adopts and implements the right national policies, and devotes sufficient resources to deliver those policies. WRA works with citizens and civil society in a country to identify the RMNCAH issue most relevant to them and then organizes and supports grassroots advocacy activities to push the government to prioritize and address the issue. In support of the Global Strategy (2016-2030), White Ribbon Alliance commits USD $6,500,000 over 3 years to ensure that women, adolescents and newborns in at least eight countries will receive improved RMNCAH services through citizens holding their governments to account for commitments they have made.

In Uganda, for example, WRA has successfully mobilized citizens to demand that the government meets it commitment to providing emergency and obstetric newborn care (EMoNC) in health centres. Community members in three districts of Uganda, working in partnership with district health teams, are now actively involved in monitoring the provision of EMoNC and ensuring that the changes brought about by their advocacy are sustained over time.

WRA will commit catalyze further change by continuing to convene, mobilize and support citizens and partners in civil society to hold governments to account for the commitments they have made to improve RMNCAH services in their countries.

Commitment Progress

To date, WRA has mobilized over USD $7,000,000 of which USD $3,677,228 was spent during this reporting period (2015-2016). WRA has specific advocacy and accountability campaigns underway in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, India, Malawi, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe with engagement of hundreds of thousands of citizens. The WRA Global Alliance actively engaged in several processes aimed at enhancing RMNCAH services. WRA contributed to the World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution on the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent Health. In addition, WRA is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners on the formation and strengthening of a Network for the rollout of newly developed technical standards and guidelines for quality of care, including a framework that addresses both the provision of care and the experience of care.

The WRA Global Alliance also contributed substantial evidence to global reports, including the Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) inaugural report, the Lancet Maternal Health Series, and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Accountability report. The report includes WRA’s recommendation to national governments, international donors and the private sector to provide support for the expansion of social accountability efforts that focus on citizen participation. In addition to the IAP report, a report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was also influenced by the efforts of the subcommittee. The OHCHR’s report to the Human Rights Council stressed the importance of the Global Respectful Maternity Care Campaign led by WRA.

2014- Every Newborn Action Plan

In support of the Global Strategy (2010-2015),White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) commits to conduct political advocacy and mobilization activities to accelerate action for the health of women, newborns, and children. Specifically, White Ribbon Alliance commits to call on all governments to deliver on their commitments to maternal and newborn health through 2015; advocate for the inclusion of reproductive, maternal, and newborn health in the post-2015 development framework, including explicit targets; implement and support national campaigns in at least eight countries to hold governments accountable for the delivery of specific commitments, including on human resources, equipment, supplies and commodities, comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care, respectful maternity care, and to address other barriers women face in accessing quality services; advocate for adequate budgetary allocation and expenditure in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH); and strengthen civil society engagement in national accountability mechanisms, including to call on governments to respond to citizen- collected evidence of progress and gaps.


White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and its members in 148 countries commit to the Global Strategy by engaging local, national, regional, and global organizations and individuals to ensure MNCH is a priority issue for all governments and hold governments accountable to their financial, policy, and implementation commitments through 2015.


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White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and its members in 148 countries commit to the Global Strategy by engaging local, national, regional, and global organizations and individuals to ensure MNCH is a priority issue for all governments and hold governments accountable to their financial, policy, and implementation commitments through 2015.

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