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Health Financing Must Be Used Efficiently, Services Integrated To Improve Lives Of Most Vulnerable

Huffington Post: Getting Finance to Improve Women’s and Children’s Health Worldwide
Flavia Bustreo, assistant director-general for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health at the World Health Organization, and vice chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

“…To improve the lives of the most vulnerable, resources for health must be also used more efficiently. To do this we must break down the silos in health systems, for example, by integrating service delivery between maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria programs. … One of the most exciting developments and concrete outcomes [at the Finance for Development conference] in Addis was the launch of the new Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child. … The GFF, like the Global Strategy [for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health that will be launched in September], will look across sectors and make financing more sustainable by helping countries develop sound long-term financing strategies…” (7/20).

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