17 April 2020

Every Woman Every Child COVID-19 Expert Series

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.

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.


Watch the full interview