The global health financing revolution : why maternal health is missing the boatThe global health financing revolution : why maternal health is missing the boat
Faculty of Law
Law and Development
2012 :Flemish Society of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Health, 2012
Facts, views & vision in obgyn : issues in obstetrics, gynaecology and reproductive health. -
4(2012):1, p. 11-17
The first decade of the new millennium saw an upsurge in global financing for health. When the world took stock of progress on the Millennium Development Goals in mid-2010 the one addressing maternal health showed the least progress. Did maternal health miss the boat? In mid-2010 the Secretary-General of the United Nations launched a Global Strategy for Womens and Childrens Health, also known as the Every Woman Every Child initiative. Has the tide now turned in favour of maternal health? The authors try to answer this question by first examining whether maternal health really missed out with respect to increased global funding and why this may have occurred. They then assess whether the new initiative will make a difference by comparing several elements of the approach taken by HIV/AIDS activist to that of maternal health activists. They suggest that real progress requires international financing, thus pledges must become robust and reliable commitments. They conclude that the absence of an organisational structure in the current initiative means the global maternal health financing revolution will probably not happen.