The right to health is a basic human right. Beyond that, having access to high-quality health services allows people to realize all their other rights. For that reason, investing in women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (WCAH) is an investment in people’s rights, dignity and well-being.
This handbook, produced with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), provides an action-oriented road map to help parliamentarians decide how best to improve health outcomes for women, children and adolescents. It includes the decision-making road map that parliamentarians can follow. The handbook also contains convenient pull-out sections setting out the road map and a short summary for each focus area, so that parliamentarians and their staff can adapt the proposed parliamentary action to their country contexts.