This report reviews the progress made in implementing the financial commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (Global Strategy). The strategy was launched by the United Nations Secretary- General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon in September 2010 with the aim of saving 16 million lives in the world’s 49 poorest countries by 2015.
With the target date of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in sight, the Global Strategy represents the most significant global effort to accelerate progress towards the health-related MDGs: MDG 4 (child survival), MDG 5 (maternal and reproductive health), MDG 6 (HIV, TB, and malaria), and MDG 1c (hunger). The Global Strategy identified six key areas in need of urgent action to improve women’s and children’s health. The Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) effort was established at the same time to advance the Global Strategy and to mobilize and intensify global action to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH).
Keywords: health services, prevention, treatment, care, financing, human rights, gender