Draft Platform for Action
C. Inequalities in access to health and related services
Strategic objective C.5. Increase resources and monitor follow-up for women's health

Actions to be taken

111. By Governments [at all levels, in collaboration with non-governmental organizations, especially women's and youth organizations]:

(a) Increase [where necessary] budgetary allocations for [basic] [primary] health care and social services, with adequate support for secondary and tertiary levels, and give special attention to the [reproductive and sexual] health of girls and women; priority should be given to health programmes in rural and poor urban areas;

(b) Develop [where necessary] innovative approaches to funding health services through promoting community participation and local financing; increase [where necessary] budgetary allocations for community health centres and community-based programmes and services that address women's specific health needs;

(c) Develop [where appropriate] local health services, promoting the incorporation of gender-sensitive community-based participation and self-care and specially designed preventive health programmes;

(d) Develop goals and time-frames, where appropriate, for improving women's health and for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes, based on gender-impact assessments using qualitative and quantitative data disaggregated by sex, age, [race and ethnicity] and socio-economic variables;

(e) [Strive to establish [as appropriate] ministerial and interministerial mechanisms, with the participation of non-governmental organizations, responsible for monitoring the implementation of women's health policy and programme reforms and establish focal points in high-level national planning ministries responsible for monitoring to ensure that women's health concerns are mainstreamed in all relevant government agencies and programmes.]

112. By Governments, the United Nations and its specialized agencies, international financial institutions, bilateral donors and the private sector, as appropriate:

(a) Formulate policies favourable to [public] investment in women's health and [where appropriate] increase allocations for such investment;

(b) [Provide appropriate material, financial and logistical assistance to youth non-governmental organizations in order to strengthen them to address youth concerns in the area of health [including sexual and reproductive health];

(c) [Give higher priority to women's health and develop mechanisms for coordinating and implementing the health objectives of the Platform for Action and relevant [international agreements] to ensure progress.]


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