G8 Development Ministers’ Meeting Chair’s Summary, Halifax, 26-28 April 2010

Sectors : General health and health funding, International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions, Transparency and accountability
Organisation : G8
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15.  Recognizing that a vast number of interventions already exist to save lives and in line with their desire for improved accountability and better measurement of results and impacts, Ministers actioned the following:

• requested the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Bank to develop a common set of concrete goals and associated indicators, and to develop a common methodology to determine the most effective and affordable basket of integrated interventions based on and adaptable to country-specific needs and to build in-country capacity for these assessments;

• urged the WHO to finalize guidelines on training and the effective use and supply of health workers;

• asked the WHO and other UN agencies to work with developing countries to strengthen their health information and management systems, including through the use of 21st century technology to improve the collection of data on pregnancies, births and deaths;

• asked the WHO and other UN agencies to assist in selecting a concise set of outcome indicators to measure progress across regions and countries; and

• called on the OECD to work with donors to improve the tracking of investments related to maternal and under-five child health.”