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Global Financing Facility Supports Partnerships, Country-Driven Efforts To Improve Maternal, Child Health

Devex: Opinion: Financing healthy futures to meet the SDGs
Mariam Claeson, director of the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman Every Child

“…Many of the world’s poorest countries, with many dollars from donors, have made progress toward improving the health of their people in recent decades. But their efforts are unprepared for today and for the future without a more coordinated — and country-driven — effort to reach the communities in greatest need with high-impact health interventions. … Many countries are beginning to prepare for a future in which they must increasingly finance the health demands of their people, especially those with the greatest needs. The GFF helps provide smart, scaled, and sustained funding by supporting countries to identify and prioritize high-impact interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition, through approaches that ensure more equitable access. It reduces the financial gap through a combination of domestic resources, funds from donors aligning their investments, private sector financing and concessional lending, with the GFF Trust Fund linked to World Bank financing. … With leadership and partnerships like these, countries will make a much greater impact on the lives of their most vulnerable citizens. Together, we can go further, faster and finance much healthier futures…” (2/8).

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