Although a large number of countries, particularly in Africa and South Asia, will miss the 2015 Millennium Development Goal targets to improve maternal and child survival rates, the launch of the Global Financing Facility presents an opportunity to address the challenges that remain. It heralds a new era in development with a breakthrough financing model that unites resources from countries themselves, international donors, and the private sector to accelerate advancements in the health of women, adolescents and children.

With the rise in global attention and the need to further accelerate progress on maternal and newborn health (MNH), and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) at large, the international community has become increasingly focused on accountability to ensure that commitments by all stakeholders are realized. At the same time, global, regional, and national landscapes have become cluttered with various accountability approaches that are often disjointed or incomplete.

Est-ce trop de demander qu’un bébé en Éthiopie et un bébé aux États-Unis puissent avoir les mêmes chances de naître dans de bonnes conditions ? Le Mécanisme de financement mondial en soutien à l'initiative « Chaque femme, chaque enfant » vise à mettre fin aux décès évitables chez les femmes, les adolescents et les enfants d'ici 2030.

Given the limited resources that developing countries have for health, policy makers often need to make decisions on which programs to invest to maximize health benefits for the population. Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA)  is such a tool to provide evidence to inform policy makers associated costs and potential benefits for an intervention, and examine both economic and health consequences of alternatives, for evidence-based decision making.

This infographic explains how the Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF) will respond to the challenge of closing the funding gap in financing for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) in high burden, low- and lower-middle-income countries.

Shouldn’t a baby in ‪‎Ethiopia‬ and a baby in the United States have the same opportunity to be born safely? The Global Financing Facility in support of Every Woman Every Child aims to bring an end to preventable maternal, child and adolescent deaths by 2030.

A key objective the Bank’s 2007 Health, Nutrition and Population Strategy was to tighten the links between lending and results through increased use of RBF. RBF holds considerable promise for increasing health service utilization and improving service quality, increasing efficiency, and enhancing equity. It focuses on health results (such as the number of women receiving early antenatal care and delivering their babies in health facilities), rather than inputs (such as the construction of health centers and staff training), tightly linking budgets and financing to results.

The world’s economy is in a fragile state. Although cautiously recovering from a global recession, unemployment rates and poverty levels remain high. At the same time, food and fuel crises have resulted in skyrocketing commodity costs, straining household budgets even further than before. In the wake of these financial pressure points, there has been increased focus on social safety net programmes.

The State of inequality: reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health report delivers both promising and disappointing messages about the situation in low- and middle-income countries. On the one hand, within-country inequalities have narrowed, with a tendency for national improvements driven by faster improvements in disadvantaged subgroups. In certain indicators and countries, these improvements have been substantial. On the other hand, however, inequalities still persist in most reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) indicators.

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