12 May 2016

[Report] Implementing the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health Everywhere

Hosted by the Supreme Council’s Secretary-General, Her Excellency Reem Abdullah Eisa Al Falasi, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the meeting focused on formulating a five-year implementation plan for the new Global Strategy so that its targeted reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health outcomes can be secured even in fragile or complex settings.

These experts urge the global community—at the World Humanitarian Summit and beyond—to join them in upholding the following core commitments to the dignity, health and wellbeing of every woman, every child, every adolescent—everywhere, including, specifically, in humanitarian and fragile settings.

As of 2014, there were 60 million internally-displaced people and international migrants, half of whom come from Afghanistan, Somalia and the Syrian Arab Republic. The aver­age time spent in displacement has now reached 20 years. Increasingly characterized by mass and long term displacements (i.e. internally displaced persons, refugees, migrants, stateless people) – crises’ impacts are for a life-time: disrupting and derailing – when not destroying – individual development, including early childhood development, education, health and nutrition, while also bringing specific impacts on human dignity and human rights in the intimate – and often overlooked – spheres of sexual and reproductive health over the life course.               

No one should be left behind.  No one should be denied their right to health simply because of where they live, the context in which they live or because the particular life-saving services or commodities that they need are inaccessible or unavailable.

Yet, the data confirm that today’s global convergence between conflict, crises, poverty, and young populations is driving grave human rights consequences, including for maternal, newborn and child health.

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