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Together we must make a decisive move, now, to improve the health of women and children around the world. we know what works. we have achieved excellent progress in a short time in some countries. the answers lie in building our collective resolve to ensure universal access to essential health services and proven, life-saving interventions as we work to strengthen health systems. these range from family planning and making childbirth safe, to increasing access to vaccines and treatment for hIV and aIds, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia and other neglected diseases. the needs of each country vary and depend on existing resources and capacities. often the solutions are very simple, such as clean water, exclusive breastfeeding, nutrition, and education on how to prevent poor health.
The global strategy for women’s and children’s health meets this challenge head on. It sets out the key areas where action is urgently required to enhance financing, strengthen policy and improve service delivery.
Keywords: HIV, investment, health services, women, children, prevention, treatment