This annex draws on the series of technical papers written to inform the
Criteria for selection of interventions:
This annex sets out specific areas of health systems policies and interventions that
require the attention and leadership of country governments. The health systems
policy areas for this Global Strategy build on the 2010
To build health systems resilience, it is essential to strengthen emergency preparedness at all levels of the health system. This annex highlights the key components of emergency preparedness across the health system, drawn from the WHO manual “Strengthening health-system emergency preparedness”.55 This recommends that a Ministry of Health should: record and classify information regarding its capacity to manage crises; establish responsibility for specific tasks; determine the relationship between those involved in these tasks (partners, sectors, disciplines) with the aim of making best use of resources; identify shortcomings and gaps; and monitor progress.
Multisector policies and interventions are essential to achieving the aims of the Global Strategy and must therefore form part of national strategies on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. They should be monitored in the same way as health sector interventions, linked to corresponding SDG targets. Government leadership is required to ensure there is progress across sectors and to facilitate cross-sector collaborations where required. This Annex draws on the series of technical papers written to inform the Global Strategy12 and A policy guide for implementing essential interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH): a multisectoral policy compendium (2014).78
The United Nations Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s
and Children’s Health reported to the United Nations Secretary-General in May
2011 making ten time-bound recommendations for 2012-2015.3 While much
progress was made, several targets were missed.4,6 All the recommendations,
with minor revisions, remain valid throughout 2016-2030 (the timeframe of the
updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health).
Below are the revised recommendations.
Better information for better results
The Commission reported to the United Nations Secretary-General in
September 2012 and made ten recommendations to increase availability
and access to 13 low-cost, high-impact life-saving commodities.5 While much
progress has been accomplished already, these recommendations target longterm
systemic and commodity-specific barriers, and so remain valid. Below
are the recommendations, with minor revisions for the period 2016-2030
(the timeframe of the updated
Improved markets for life-saving commodities
On behalf of
The World Health Organization (WHO), on behalf of the H4+ Partnership, coordinated the content development and writing of the Global Strategy with several institutions and individual experts convened by Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General, Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, with Shyama Kuruvilla, Senior Strategic Adviser, as the focal point for the Writing Group. Marleen Temmerman, Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, coordinated the publication of a series of technical and strategy papers in The BMJ.
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