The United Nations, World Bank Group, and governments of Canada, Japan, Norway, and the United States have announced commitments totaling $254 million to the Global Financing Facility in support of maternal and child health in the developing world.
Launched at the Third International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa earlier this month, the GFF for the UN-led Every Woman Every Child initiative will partner with the World Bank Group's International Bank for Reconstruction and Development to raise private funds for sixty-two countries facing funding gaps for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health totaling some $33 billion. To that end, the government of Canada will invest $40 million in two focus areas — strengthening frontline health systems and controlling malaria to reduce child mortality, with the funds used as performance payments to countries due upon the achievement of agreed-upon outcomes.
New commitments totaling $214 million to the GFF Trust Fund also were announced. They include $75 million over five years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the UN's Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health, and $50 million from USAID to scale maternal and child health efforts in the initial cohort of GFF countries — the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. In addition, the government of Japan pledged $33 million for efforts in Kenya, while Canada committed $16 million to the creation of a global Center of Excellence to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics in support of the facility's efforts to realize universal registration by 2030. The pledges are in addition to previous commitments of $600 million and $200 million made by Norway and Canada to the GFF Trust Fund.
According to the World Bank, $12 billion in domestic and international private and public funding already has been aligned in support of country-led five-year investment plans for women's, children's, and adolescents' health in the four initial GFF countries. The second cohort of eight GFF countries, which were announced at the conference, include Bangladesh, Cameroon, India, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda.