2014 Partners' Forum
30 JUNE - 1 JULY | Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Session 4C: Mobilization of resources to RMNCH investments for reaching 2035 targets
Dr Marleen Temmerman, Director, WHO opened this session by highlighting the work of the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health – Global Health 2035. Dr Temmerman presented possible ways in which the emerging post-2015 goals could be used as a mechanism to increase funding for areas identified in the Global Investment Framework as critical for improving the health of women and children.
The session continued with a presentation from Dr. Marco Vinicio Arevalo Veras, Vice Minister of Hospitals, Guatemala that showcased in country examples on how budget processes are set up and used for accountability.
Next Jane Edmondson, Head of the Human Development Department, DFID commented on the elements of resource mobilisation – who makes the case, to whom, and how – and how we need to evolve from the traditional approach (of cases put together by international community, academics etc. case made to donors to fill a ‘resource gap’), to more country based approaches. She then mentioned what DFID is already doing on this around tax revenue, budget planning, RBF approaches including HRITF, capacity development for priority setting and strategic purchasing.
Dr. Allan Pamba, VP, Pharmaceuticals, East Africa and Government Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline commented on how the private sector can play a role in both service delivery and also in helping to mobilize financial and other resources to assist governments in prioritizing and delivering RMNCH interventions at the country level.
The final intervention came from Pascal Bijleveld, Senior Executive Manager, RMNCH Strategy and Coordination Team, who spoke on the progress, successes and challenges of trying to better align programs and resources from multiple funding streams towards country priorities and gaps in national RMNCH-related plans (i.e. the ‘RMNCH Country Engagement process’).