International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
12.8 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030)

As members of PMNCH and the Quality of Care Network, and a commitment-maker to Every Woman Every Child, FIGO welcomes the Director-General’s report on the Global Strategy.

The single report is a clarifying opportunity to assess successes, challenges and activities. It is clear that while there are reasons to celebrate, we cannot rest while women around the world continue to die from preventable conditions, including 303,000 maternal deaths annually.

We welcome action and commitments on three critical areas:
• improvements in the quality of care, especially access to antenatal care services and skilled health professionals
• achieving Universal Health Coverage
• strengthening the collection and analysis of data at country level

FIGO celebrates the report’s attention to health challenges across the life course.
We are however troubled that a large proportion of deaths in low-resource settings continue to occur during labour, delivery and the subsequent 24 hours, than had been previously estimated. Highlighting the importance of woman-centred care through a human rights-based approach must go hand-in-hand with supporting countries to increase their investments.

It is encouraging to see recognition that access to contraceptives for women in low-resource settings impacts upon their ability to thrive and transform. FIGO goes further, access to modern contraception is critical in reducing maternal mortality, one component of a broader package of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

FIGO affirms the Director-General’s insistence that universal health coverage crucial. However, we would like to see mention of the specific health needs of women, including sexual reproductive rights.

Uniting OBGYNs in a vision of health and wellbeing aligned to the Global Strategy, FIGO, with our 132 National Member Societies, commit to working with WHO and within the Every Woman Every Child architecture to deliver on targets.