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

Support for specific countries

The assessment also looked at countries that received commitments for specific help. India, which accounts for 20 percent of all maternal and young child deaths, received the most specific commitments for support, even though India is not one of the world’s poorest countries.

Other countries that received specific commitments were Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Uganda, Pakistan, Zambia, Mali, South Africa, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Haiti, Malawi, and Nepal.

The reports authors suggest some special assistance may be needed in the following areas:

  • Several of the world’s poorest nations-- Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, Sao Tome and Principe, the Solomon Islands, and Yemen-- received no special pledges;
  • French-speaking African countries—Burundi, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Gabon, Madagascar, and Togo—received little specific support;
  • Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, and the Philippines received very little pledged support.