The Global Financing Facility: Revolutionizing Better Health for Every Woman Every Child

The Global Financing Facility: Revolutionizing Better Health for Every Woman Every Child

May 17, 2016
10:30 - 12:00 PM

Women Deliver's 4th Global Conference
Room C1-M0

Healthy women and children enable healthy economies, political stability and forward momentum. However, far too many newborns, children, adolescents and women still die of preventable conditions every year, and too few have access to quality health services. The Global Financing Facility (GFF), which was launched in July 2015, is a key financing platform of the UN Secretary-General’s updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. It is a country-driven financing partnership that brings together, under national government leadership, stakeholders in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), to provide smart, scaled and sustainable financing to accelerate efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths by 2030. The GFF has the potential to act as a pathfinder for financing the SDGs.


Awa Coll-Seck

Minister of Health


Chris Elias

President of the Global Development Program

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tim Evans

Senior Director, Health, Nutrition and Population

World Bank Group

Jan Willem Scheijgrond

Global Head of Government Affairs Business to Government


Mesfin Teklu

Vice President for Health and Nutrition

World Vision International

Monique Vledder

Practice Manager

Global Financing Facility Secretariat


Dr. Monique Vledder is passionate about innovations and smarter investments to improve women's, children’s and adolescents’ health. She led the process to develop the GFF Business Plan and has served as the Program Manager for the GFF Secretariat since the establishment of the GFF in September 2014. Previously, Dr. Vledder managed the Health Results Innovation Trust Fund, which to date has committed $436 million in grants, linked to $2.4 billion in financing from IDA, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, for 36 results-focused programs in 30 countries. Dr. Vledder’s expertise in maternal and child health, health financing and health systems strengthening was built over twenty years of in country experience with a focus on southern Africa, East Asia and Latin America for the World Bank, the United Kingdom Department for International Development and World Vision International. She holds an MD from the University of Amsterdam, a MPH in International Health from Harvard University and a diploma in health economics from the University of York. Dr. Vledder is a proud mother of two.

Marijke Wijnroks

Chief of Staff

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis

Marie-Claude Bibeau

Minister of International Development and La Francophonie