African Regional Dialogue on Health and Accountability

LAGOS2016 The transformative agenda set by the UN Declaration on the Sustainable Development Goal was very clear in its intent to ‘leave no one behind’ . Equity, rights and universality are central to this agenda as well as innovative financing from various resources, blended to support aligned country owned initiatives across all sectors. Timely data of acceptable quality is central to the monitoring and review process of the SDG and forms the bedrock of accountability at all levels – country, regional and global . The Health Data Collaborative (HDC) was established to respond to the

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Changing the rules

Every now and then in my household, we disconnect the cable TV and other similar devices and encourage the children to come up with their own entertainment. Invariably, my middle daughter and eldest of our last three, would invent a game.  Trouble rears its head when she loses at her own game, as she then changes the game rules.  If the initial rule of the game made the person with the most beads the winner, the moment she starts to lose, the rules would change mid-game to suit her so she always comes out on top. Her powers of persuasion are stellar and she could talk the tail off a dog and

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An Open Conversation on the Global Financing Facility

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The Global Financing Facility

As the world approaches the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the enormous progress that has been made in improving maternal and child health is becoming evident. However, despite the progress, it is equally clear that more remains to be done: far too many newborns, children, adolescents and women die of preventable conditions every year, and far too few have reliable access to quality health services. There is now an unprecedented global momentum to further accelerate improvements in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH). Through key

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A Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health

How are the health workers? Health workers are “all people engaged in actions whose primary intent is to enhance health” (WHO - World Health Report 2006). This includes physicians, nurses and midwives, but also laboratory technicians, public health professionals, community health workers, pharmacists, and all other support workers whose main function relates to delivering preventive, promotive or curative health services. Health workers typically operate in collaboration with the wider social service workforce, who is responsible to ensure the welfare and protection of socially or ec

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Goal & Objectives

“How many people were born last year? How many died … and what were the main causes of death? What were their names? How much do health systems cost and what services should they include? How can technology be used most effectively to collect information? How can the global health community manage large volumes of data? Who is responsible for ensuring that all people have access to health care?” The answers to these and related questions rely on systematic measurement of health data, collaborative partnerships between members of the global health community and an articulation of share

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