17 April 2020

Joy Phumaphi, co-chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman Every Child Every Adolescents was interviewed in the last Every Woman Every Child COVID-19 Expert Series.

She shared her thoughts on the importance of delivering on past and present commitments to the health and well being of women, children and adolescents.


  • A call to strengthen the capacity of WHO to make sure it is ready before the next global crisis. As well as to empower the UN and WHO with more authority to verify and share situations on the ground in these unprecedented circumstances.
  • Accountability is about people. The relevance and impact of carrying out commitments must be measured by outcomes for people.
  • We must find a way to keep children and women healthy both by preventing the spread of COVID-19, but also by continuing to prevent the spread of other diseases like measles and malaria.

In this extraordinary time, trusted voices for the most up to date information to share with the public on how COVID-19 is affecting women, children and adolescents is of utmost importance.

See more of the Every Woman Every Child Expert Series here and visit the page.