Originally posted in Global Health and Diplomacy
The Center for Global Health & Diplomacy (GHD) launched its World Economic Forum (WEF) edition on Accountability and Transparency in Global Health, featuring President Kikwete and Prime Minister Harper.
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Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2013 – With World Bank estimates indicating that up to 80% of health funds never reach local facilities in some countries, The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy (GHD)’s WEF edition features global health leaders and champions writing about the importance that accountability and transparency play in battling maternal health deaths and deadly disease such as Malaria and Tuberculosis. In recent years, efforts to improve accountability of global health programs and transparency of global health funding have been at the forefront of international health discussions. In 2011 the global health community took steps to ensure that global health initiatives launched in 2010 led to results by creating the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women and Children’s Health led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Jakaya Kikwete. The Commission has assembled an accountability framework that provides an outcome based system to monitor and review actions leading to adjustments of future strategies to accelerate progress for women’s and children’s health.
"In the past few years, the international community has come together to make real progress on improving the health of women and children in developing countries,” said Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “We have secured billions of dollars in commitments from partners toward the G-8 Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health as well as the UN’s Global Strategy for Women's and Children’s Health. In addition, the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, which I had the privilege to co-chair with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, made a number of valuable recommendations aimed at strengthening accountability for these commitments. A great deal of courage and resolve will now be required to deliver on all of our commitments and ensure they translate into real and meaningful results. Through these investments, we can create new opportunities for women and children around the world and pave the way for a more prosperous and secure future for all.”
"We know that when we invest in girls and women, everyone wins,” said Jill W. Sheffield, President of Women Deliver. “It’s time to put a stop to needless maternal deaths and to hold governments accountable for their actions and their promises.”
In the WEF issue of GHD, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf writes about her work with global health partners to identify new strategies to improve transparency and accountability in procurement and supply chain issues that support the fight for eradicating malaria.
The Davos WEF issue of GHDnews also provides a special focus on efforts to address tuberculosis particularly in Afghanistan. While the tuberculosis feature highlights the challenges of drug resistance and the success of earlier diagnosis techniques it also brings focus to the personal challenges faced by much of the world’s population. As Dr Surya Dalil, Minister for Public Health, Government of Afghanistan stated,
"Tuberculosis is a major health and development challenge for Afghanistan. The Government of Afghanistan has placed tuberculosis among its highest priorities and has established a strong control program that is accountable and transparent. The Government has mobilized its health workforce, infrastructure and resources to provide tuberculosis care to more than 28,000 people annually."
Other writers of this publication such as Mark Dybul, head of the global fund and Seth Berkely head of the GAVI alliance highlighted how progress in global health also relies on partnerships between a government and its people. “Commitments to greater accountability and transparency are the foundation for ensuring that all stakeholders in a country work symbiotically to improve the health and productivity of their nation," said Joanne Manrique, President of the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy (GHD).