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Theme song for the 2020 Accountability Breakfast
Singer-Songwriter & Guitarist: Nazeem, The Gambia
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Throughout the COVID-19 response and recovery phases, we urge governments to protect and promote the health and rights of women, children and adolescents through strengthened political commitment, policies, and domestic resource mobilization and financing, supported by ODA. Learn more about our seven asks and how we are working collectively to strengthen decision-making and accountability. Also available in Spanish and French.
On 25 September 2020, Every Woman Every Child launched the 2020 Progress Report on the EWEC Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescent's Health. The report, co-authored by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, EWEC, PMNCH, GFF and Countdown to 2030, shows the lifesaving progress achieved since EWEC was launched to make the health and well-being of some of the world’s most vulnerable people the priority it deserves to be. The report examines this decade of progress but also presents the challenges to advancing women’s and children’s health, such as the threats of conflict, the climate crisis and COVID-19 on these fragile gains.
Our call to action is our open letter. This is a symbolic commitment by leaders across sectors to protect the progress and investments made towards the health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents. Find and sign the letter here: https://bit.ly/33SVGtn
PMNCH, in collaboration with EWEC and Family Planning 2020, tracks the implementation and progress of commitments made towards the Global Strategy (2016-2030), as mandated by the UN Secretary General and the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Partners’ Framework, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) supports and fosters unified, independent and mutual accountability processes and platforms to hold all partners accountable for results, resources and rights. This resource provides an analysis of the EWEC Commitments until December 2019 and the progress reported by Non-State Commitment Makers between September 2015 and December 2019, and this resource is complementary to the Chapter 2 of the 2020 Progress Report on the EWEC Global Strategy, Protect the Progress: Rise, Refocus, Recover.
The White Ribbon Alliance initiative, What Women Want: Demands for Quality Healthcare for Women and Girls, was more than a survey. It is a revolution to shift the balance of power and redefine expectations for reproductive and maternal health. How can we be more responsive to women’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond? More than one million women and girls told us exactly what is needed to improve reproductive and maternal health care. Will you listen and act?
The report provides a snapshot of countries’ progress toward global targets to end violence against children, charting advancement in 155 countries against the INSPIRE framework, a set of seven strategies for preventing and responding to violence against children. The report signals a clear need for greater accountability to scale up efforts to implement those strategies. While nearly all countries — 88% — have key laws in place to protect children against violence, less than half of countries — 47%) — said these were being strongly enforced. And whilst about 80% of countries have national plans of action and policies to prevent violence against children, only one-fifth of countries have plans that are fully funded with measurable targets.
With support from PMNCH and Women Deliver, the Advocating for Change for Adolescents toolkit was created by young people for young people, to lead and influence change in their communities and to hold governments accountable for delivering on their commitments to prioritize adolescent health and well-being. Following its launch in May 2017, five youth-led organizations (in Cameroon, India, Kenya, Malawi and Nigeria) received grants and technical support to pilot the toolkit over a 12-month period. This advocacy brief describes the highlights, challenges and lessons learned in the five countries since the inception of the grantee project.
The crisis triggered by COVID-19 reveals structural problems that particularly affect children and adolescents in the Americas. Faced with the serious situation, the American members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, together with the Inter-American Children's Institute (IIN-OAS) make a call to join forces around the principles of the Convention and propose concrete measures to states and organizations to address the impacts of the pandemic on children. Available in English.
Countdown to 2030
Updated equity country profiles show the magnitude of and trends in health disparities in all low- and middle-income countries with a recent DHS or MICS survey. Country decision-makers can use the four-page profiles to help monitor progress and for programming and planning purposes. The equity country profiles were prepared by the Equity Technical Working Group of Countdown and the team at the International Center for Equity in Health, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil.
New country profiles for all low- and middle-income countries present the latest evidence to assess country progress in improving women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. The profiles, including an interactive version and all associated data, cover demographics, mortality, nutritional status, coverage of evidence-based interventions, socioeconomic equity in coverage, and supportive policies, health systems measures and financing. They were produced by UNICEF in consultation with Countdown to 2030 partners.
Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health Data Portal
The Indicator and Monitoring Framework for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) lists 60 indicators, of which 16 are key. These indicators were selected to help countries and their partners promote accountability in ending preventable deaths (“Survive”), ensuring health and well-being (“Thrive”), and expanding enabling environments so that all women, children and adolescents can reach their potential (“Transform”), leaving no one behind. Whereas Global Strategy progress reports provide high-level data and information, the portal was created to provide details on country-level progress. The portal includes visualizations, bar charts, trend lines and maps, information on which indicators lack data and the preferred sources for each indicator. The data can be downloaded.
Building upon the existing Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context, an essential health services guidance has been developed to provide more in-depth guidance on analysing and interpreting routine health information systems data and using these data to inform action. This document provides an overview of methods for monitoring delivery and use of essential health services during COVID-19 and includes a module focused on recommended indicators for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, including nutrition and immunization.