Analysing the Commitments to Advance the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health

One-year assessment

According to PMNCH’s one-year assessment, commitments made by 127 different stakeholders during 2010 and through May 2011 amounted to $41.4 billion in financial aid.

Many other commitments, including those to improve policies and delivery of health services for women and children, were not monetized. Therefore, the $41.4 billion total significantly underestimates the total amount pledged in support of the Global Strategy.

For example, no dollar value was estimated in relation to Bangladesh’s commitments to double the percentage of births attended by a skilled health worker by 2015 and train 3,000 midwives or Mongolia’s promise to construct a new women and children’s health center in Ulaanbaatar.

In May 2011, 16 low- and middle-income countries -- Burundi, Chad, the Central African Republic, Comoros, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Madagascar, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Tajikistan, Togo, and Viet Nam -- made policy and financial commitments to the UN’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

India, meanwhile, has made one of the biggest financial commitments of all, spending more than US$3.5 billion each year on health services, with specific efforts to focus on the 264 districts that account for nearly 70% of all infant and maternal deaths. Between now and 2015, India will provide technical assistance to other countries and share its experience, and will support the creation of a platform for global knowledge management to oversee the dissemination of best practices.

The Health 4+ (H4+) multilateral agencies (UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, World Bank and UNAIDS) have supported countries to make commitments to the Every Woman, Every Child effort. Several countries are also leading work with the H4+ and partners to mobilize the financial, technical and human resources needed to meet their commitments.

"My government is committed to deliver the financing, policies and programmes needed to give millions of women and children in Tanzania access to quality and equitable health care by 2015," says H.E. Dr. Haji Mponda, Minister of Health and Social Welfare from Tanzania.

Says Dr. Frenk, “The leadership shown by most-affected countries in their commitments to improve women’s and children’s health has been outstanding.”