07 February 2020

Latest Editorials by UN Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent

The UN Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent recently published three editorials highlighting progress in women’s, children’s and adolescent health and the necessary actions to achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030.

 

The editorials cover health equity, UHC and accountability in HPV vaccine access.

 BMJ editorial on health equity in the Countdown, H6, PMNCH ‘Leaving no one behind’ SupplementAdvancing women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health and equity states that “Governments have primary responsibility for achieving health and sustainable development goals and for upholding human rights.” And to ensure no one is left behind:

–  Rights based accountability must be strengthened,

– Inequities must be monitored by making data available that are dis-aggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, and other important factors (as recommended by SDG target 17.18) is essential to identify people in greatest need,

– Inclusive participation from all stakeholders is needed to highlight barriers to progress.

 

WHO Bulletin editorialUniversal health coverage provisions for women, children and adolescents in the February Special issue on UHC states that “Child survival, adolescent development and women’s health gains are at risk unless UHC efforts focus on essential health services, quality of care, access to public health goods and on ensuring that legal determinants of health are in place, including for sexual and reproductive health, and rights.”

 

Lancet editorial on Increased production and comprehensive guidelines needed for HPV vaccines cautions that “High-level action is needed to address a global shortage of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine”

 

Read more on the IAP website