Launch of the Child Health and Well-being Dashboard

CAP-2030 is pleased to announce with its partners WHO and UNICEF a new accountability measure and centralised tool for policymakers, civil society members, and all stakeholders to understand priority areas for action for children: the Child Health and Well-being Dashboard. 

On the 4th of May 2022, the dashboard was launched in a webinar co-hosted by WHO, UNICEF, PMNCH and CAP-2030 attended by key decisionmakers and child health experts from around the world. The webinar featured experts who highlighted the collaborative process between WHO, UNICEF and CAP-2030 to select dashboard features, indicators, and cut-offs. In addition, speakers shared insights about the utility and the next steps of the dashboard.

Policymakers today have access to a plethora of indicators, indices and other measures – a world of data that can be overwhelming to busy decisionmakers. The Child Health and Well-being Dashboard aims to provide a simple yet comprehensive tool using agreed-upon data to highlight key areas of action to support children’s health. The creation of this dashboard fulfils a recommendation of the 2020 WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission report ‘A future for the world’s children?’, which furnished an urgent call for action and renewed efforts to support and uphold fundamental children’s rights.

“[The dashboard is] a tool to keep all stakeholders vigilant, keep children in the spotlight, and to guide the allocation of resources to where they are most needed.”

Lancet commentary on the Child Health and Well-being dashboard

The dashboard can be accessed from any of the three websites: WHO, UNICEF and CAP-2030. CAP-2030 is coordinating the collection of feedback from experts and end users from around the world –we have already received critical insights that will shape development of the dashboard’s next phase. We would also like to invite you to share your feedback by writing to a multi-step collaboration between WHO and UNICEF, facilitated through the CAP-2030 Data and Learning Working Group, this new accountability mechanism was conceptualized, designed, and iterated on for over a year. The dashboard’s conceptual foundations are the four dimensions enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: children’s rights to be healthy, protected, educated, and fairly treated and heard. The dashboard was created in collaboration with Lushomo, a design team from South Africa. The process of the dashboard’s creation is fully described in a comment in the Lancet.

The WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission’s report recommended building a better future for children by placing them at the centre of future policies in global and local developmental plans. The Child Health and Well-being dashboard helps achieve this goal as an accountability mechanism and dedicated tool for monitoring of progress.