African ministers of health have agreed to step up actions to implement a global strategy on the health of women, children and adolescents over the next 14 years in order to meet the targets set under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have a 2030 deadline.
The ministers from 47 African nations announced their agreement on the new strategy during the 66th World health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa meeting held at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) headquarters in Addis Ababa last week.
The ministers committed to ensure the implementation of the strategy in line with the SDGs in line with each country's individual health development plan and goals.
"This strategy aims to ensure that women, children and adolescents not only stay alive but also thrive and live transformed lives free of extreme poverty and other disabling situations," said the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.
"The global strategy provides opportunities to countries to back with action previous commitments and resolutions and step up towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."
She added that it was imperative for countries to move to action and build strong partnerships across and within sectors.
The global strategy focuses on some areas which were previously neglected, including adolescents' heath, equity and universality. It also applies a multi-spectral approach, working with core sectors such as nutrition, education, water and sanitation, she said.
The global strategy calls for the government ownership and leadership of programs and initiatives, including ensuring that women's, children's and adolescents' issues are prioritized in national development and political agenda.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK