Why Accountability Matters for Universal Health Coverage and Meeting the SDGs

The Lancet, 393(10176), 1082-1084, 2019

Posted: 19 Mar 2021

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Alicia Ely Yamin

Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; Harvard University - Harvard Law School; Partners in Health; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) - Center on Law and Social Transformation

Elizabeth Mason

Harvard University - Harvard Medical School

Date Written: March 16, 2019

Abstract

At the December, 2018, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) Partners' Forum in Delhi, India, accountability was recognised as a key pillar of achieving the goals of the UN Secretary General's Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health (Global Strategy). Nevertheless, accountability continues to be used in different ways within the Every Woman, Every Child ecosystem and across the many global health initiatives in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Given that efforts to advance universal health coverage (UHC) and other global health agendas, such as non-communicable disease, are now considering separate accountability mechanisms, lessons gleaned from 3 years of work by the UN Secretary-General's Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) are relevant to understanding what accountability means and why it matters for the Global Strategy, and for UHC.

Suggested Citation

Yamin, Alicia Ely and Mason, Elizabeth, Why Accountability Matters for Universal Health Coverage and Meeting the SDGs (March 16, 2019). The Lancet, 393(10176), 1082-1084, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3791816

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