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

Financial reform commitments

Many commitments involve some type of financial reform. For instance, 23 countries committed to abolishing user fees or providing new income protection for the poorest and most vulnerable groups, especially women and children.

  • Kyrgyzstan promises free medical care to pregnant women and children under five;
  • Malawi will partner with private institutions to provide free care;
  • Nepal will provide free maternal health services for hard to reach populations, encourage public-private partnerships to increase use of family planning services, and provide cash incentives to pregnant and lactating women to improve maternal nutrition;
  • Chad will provide free emergency care for women and children and provide free HIV testing and anti-retroviral drugs.
  • Yemen pledges to enforce a ministerial decree to provide free deliveries and free contraceptives to all women of reproductive age.

Some commitments aimed to improve health facilities and drug supplies. For example, Rwanda pledges to provide water and electric services to all health facilities.

China will provide free breast and cervical cancer screening, subsidies for hospital deliveries, free folic acid supplements and hepatitis B vaccines for children under 15, and will reimburse 90 percent of medical expenses for rural children with leukemia or congenital heart disease.