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While the first Global Strategy for EWEC galvanized action globally, it did not sufficiently address the impact of crises and humanitarian contexts, either emergency or protracted. However, five years later the EWEC Progress Report, and the next EWEC Global Strategy, reflect a new consensus on the need to better prioritize reproductive, maternal, newborn, children’s and adolescents’ health (RMNCAH) in humanitarian/fragile settings.
With humanitarian crisis and disasters a stark feature of the health and development landscape, integration of humanitarian and sustainable development action is needed: a contiguum approach grounded locally and nationally in continuous preparedness, more systematic anticipation of, and adjustment to changing circumstances and investment in resilience efforts. Technical inputs to the renewed Global Strategy and the associated Abu Dhabi Declaration on Every Woman Every Child Everywhere sets out why this must translate into greater emphasis on risk assessment and mitigation, disaster planning and contingency funding as RMNCA health services are designed, financed, delivered and reviewed. Recognizing women and young people as essential partners for development action and as first responders in crises, ultimately the next Global Strategy’s implementation must also be clearly accountable to them.
The Abu Dhabi Declaration was an outcome of the technical consultation for the EWEC Global Strategy 2.0 humanitarian work stream and it sets out the case as to why “context” is crucial in efforts to reduce preventable deaths to rates promised by the MDGs.