By Shadrack Nyakoe
Partnership Maternal, Newborn and Child Health(PMNCH) in collaboration with the Health Nongovernmental Organizations Network (HENNET) is set to launch an accountability compendium.
The accountability compendium is a digital platform which is part of the PMNCH website that will contain all the resources for the stakeholders, practitioners and engagement of accountability actors.
This follows a successful meeting in a Nairobi Hotel on Thursday that brought together stakeholders from various organizations for the final stage of feedback collection exercise of the maternal, newborn and child health accountability compendium by PMNCH.
The accountability compendium will enable stakeholders to access accountability resources related to women, children and adolescent health and increase understanding of the accountability framework and use the resources to strengthen accountability mechanisms through linkages.
The materials that will be uploaded to the compendium include; case studies, government reports, Global and regional commitment documents, Budget documents, and many more important documents.
According to researcher Veronicah Mwania, accountability is increasingly recognized as key component for advocacy to accelerate equitable progress for women, children and adolescent wellbeing and rights.
“No platform is currently available to share resources, best practices, promote peer learning and stories around effective accountability for women, children and adolescent health. It’s not always clear to potential users how to adapt these resources to the unique needs and context and where to seek guidance and learn from,” said Veronicah Mwania.
She further added that there exist credible accountability resources but are not found in a single platform which makes the PMNCH Accountability Compendium more efficient to use and readily available.
“Most times the division of primary health services and family medicine wishes to learn about difference interventions by stakeholders in counties, so the compendium will be very vital in supporting sharing of reports of different interventions and other resources. It is an important platform,” stated Dr. Agatha Olago from ministry of health.
The platform will be for different countries and in simple languages currently under construction.