These organizations are an important part of the global intergovernmental public health structure and play a substantial, but often less well publicized role strengthening health systems, addressing critical health needs for their citizens, and providing an important platform for coordination and consensus building. While less known outside of their member state constituency, these bodies have a long history of successfully working with ministries of health, local implementing organizations and researchers and evidence advocates to convene discussions and strategies around the most pressing health issues for the people they serve.
In March 2018, ECSA-HC convened their annual Health Ministers Conference which culminated with the passage of a set of resolutions, including one specifically on respectful maternity care – which is an important step toward influencing and reinforcing national policy and programmatic action among member states.
Multilateral Health Bodies outside of the World Health Organization:
Multilateral health bodies serve a critical role bringing diverse ministries of health together in partnership to share best practices and establishes norms and standards for health systems. Read more to learn about the decision-making processes used by East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community, West African Health Organization, and Partners in Population and Development.
East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community: translating evidence to policy in support of respectful maternity care:
Evidence generation and advocacy efforts have paved the way to advance respectful maternity care policy and programmatic change.
The 15th International Conference on Urban Health abstract submissions are now open! The conference theme will be "Managing Urbanisation for Health: A Priority for all Nations." Abstracts are due May 14.