As the world approaches the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the enormous progress that has been made in improving maternal and child health is becoming evident. However, despite the progress, it is equally clear that more remains to be done: far too many newborns, children, adolescents and women die of preventable conditions every year, and far too few have reliable access to quality health services.
There is now an unprecedented global momentum to further accelerate improvements in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH). Through key global partnerships such as the Partnership on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), the G8 Muskoka Initiative, Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) movement, the importance of women’s and children’s health have been put at the center of global development efforts. Building on this momentum, there is now strong support for the concept of “convergence”: accelerating progress in improving the health and quality of life of women, children, and adolescents so that all countries achieve the levels reached by the best-performing middle-income countries. The global interest in RMNCAH is an opportunity to make a final push on the MDGs and ensure a solid foundation for the post-2015 work.
This Concept Note argues that a Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child can help drive the transformative change needed to prepare the road to convergence on RMNCAH. The overall goal of the GFF will be to contribute to the global efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deathsand improve the health and quality of life of women, adolescents and children.