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

More Specific Commitments

Many low-income countries are making commitments based on their own internal needs analysis.

For example, beside Bangladesh’s commitment to add 3,000 midwives, it will staff its district health centers to provide round-the-clock midwifery services, including emergency obstetric care. It also promises to reduce the unmet need for family planning by half.

To prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, Burundi pledges to increase coverage from 25 to 85 percent; Chad plans to increase coverage from 7 to 80 percent; Myanmar to reach 80 percent, and Vietnam from 20 to 50 percent.

Other examples:

  • Afghanistan pledges to increase the use of contraception from 15 to 60 percent;
  • Congo, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe will introduce maternal death audits;
  • Burundi, Lao, and Papua New Guinea plan to increase skilled birth attendance. Papua New Guinea also promises to add 23 more obstetricians as well.