F. Working towards universal coverage of maternal, newborn and child health interventions (resolution WHA58.31)

See original resolution 

WHA58.31 (Working towards universal coverage of maternal, newborn and child health interventions). 

See 2011 Progress Report on 58.31 in the collected progress reports

The wider environment

The Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health is deevloping a framework for global reporting, oversight and accountability on women's and children’s health. It will include a system to track whether donations for women's and children's health are made on time, resources are spent wisely and transparently, and whether the desired results are achieved.  

Two discussion papers have been produced for consultation: 
Accountability for resources and Accountability for results

WHA Watch Comment

The Assembly will consider the Secretariat's Progress Report on progess towards universal reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health interventions as per resolution WHA 58.31.  

The report details the grim situation that many women and children currently face, underlining the need for prompt and decisive action.  WHA 58.31 recognises the need to involve civil society and community organisations in wider access to life saving interventions.  

As well as the need for health system strengthening, the resolution recognises the need for global mobilization, and the adoption by member states of legal and regulatory frameworks to promote gender equality and protect the rights of women and children.  Maternal and child health is political as well as technical. For example, addressing the role of patriarchy in denying women access to care requires the full recognition of civil society organisations and social movements in driving change in  political and cultural environments.

Unfortunately progress regarding these goals is not reported upon. 

Read the report on the Technical briefing about the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health held at the 64th WHA