30 September 2019
Accountability in Global Health and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
In this brief video created by the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University (GHELI), Professor and Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) member Alicia Ely-Yamin explains why accountability matters in global health and how the IAP has addressed it in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She lays out clearly what “accountability” actually means, in terms of who is accountable to whom for what, by uncovering the complex tapestry of relationships, obligations and actors that make up accountability. She explains that IAP does not only focus on these relationships but the actions that are necessary to promote accountability throughout this framework. The video finishes with a short background explanation of the IAP and its establishment, as well as what they do to promote and catalyze accountability on a global level including collecting accurate, reliable data; monitoring; conducting independent reviews to see what strategies are working well; and taking remedy and action. To keep the promise to transform the world through the Sustainable Development Agenda requires meaningful accountability.
23 September 2019
UHC: Accountability to Ensure Health for All, SDG Media Zone interview, UNGA74
Kul Chandra Gautam, co-Chair of the IAP, underscored the idea that effective UHC accountability should align with established national review mechanisms for health, rights and SDG impact during an interview UHC: Accountability to Ensure Health for All in the SDG Media Zone, with H.E. Zweli Mkhize, South African Minister of Health, which was moderated by SABC correspondent Noma Bolani. “We need to make sure that through the whole chain, from the parliamentarians through the medical doctors through community health workers, everybody takes their responsibility and we have strong accountability mechanisms for all” Gautam said.