New finance to prevent maternal and child deaths

Signal of change / New finance to prevent maternal and child deaths

By Anna Simpson / 25 Sep 2014

The UN World Bank Group and the governments of Canada, Norway and the US are jointly funding the creation of a new Global Financing Facility (GFF) to bring an end to preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030. It is being developed in collaboration with global agencies (UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO), civil society organisations and the private sector. The aim is to mobilise additional domestic and international resources to scale up and sustain essential health services for women, children and adolescents, building on developing countries’ plans. 


A unique aspect of the GFF is to support developing countries in their transition to long-term sustainable domestic financing as they grow from low- to middle-income economies. It will support countries to expand civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) efforts, towards the target of universal registration of every pregnancy, every birth and every death by 2030. CRVS systems provide a critical accountability tool for reducing mortality and ensuring universal access to healthcare, education and other essential services. 

Image credit: DFID - UK Department for International Development / Flickr 

So what?

The initial donor commitments to the UN World Bank Group for the GFF include grants of $600 million from Norway and $200 million from Canada, announced at the Every Woman Every Child event during the 69th UN General Assembly.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “For the first time ever, we have the historic opportunity to end all preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths within a generation. This new funding boost and innovative financing approach will help us get closer to that goal, with United Nations agencies and multiple partners playing a major role.”


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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