Pledges alone not enough to improve health of women and children – UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his commitment towards the improvement of children's and women's health.

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Mr. Ban said the recently launched Global Strategy on Children’s and Women’s Health has received financial commitments to the tune of 40 million US dollars.

Mr. Ban said while funds were an important driver of the strategy, there has to be accountability and transparency on the utilization of the money.

“The world’s women and children need more than pledges. Commitments are wonderful, generous, but by themselves they cannot build health clinics or immunize children. That is why we have made accountability a hallmark of the Global Strategy. We are determined to hold ourselves and everyone else involved accountable. This is how: we will track how many promises are kept. We will monitor what we are doing with the funds that do come in. We will ensure that progress is made across the spectrum, and where we fall short, we will be open about that, too.”

The Accountability Commission for Women’s and Children’s Health was established in 2010 to track donations for women’s and children’s health, how they are used and whether the desired results are achieved.

The commission is chaired by President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, and the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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