Hosted by the MARCH Centre and IDEAS at LSHTM, Mariam Claeson, Director of the Global Financing Facility for women, children and adolescents (GFF) presented t the who, what, where and how of the GFF.  The GFF was launched in 2015 as the new approach to smart, scaled and sustained financing across reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. She shared lessons learned to date from front-runner countries and discuss the challenges and opportunities for closing the financing gap as we make progress on the SDGs.  

The Centre for Maternal, Adolescent and Reproductive Child Health (MARCH) is the central hub for women's and children's health within the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. MARCH Centre strengthens and promotes innovation, evaluation and evidence-based policy making by fostering communication and collaboration inside and outside the School and between researchers and policy makers, across a range of settings in over 100 countries and multiple disciplines.

Informed Decisions for Actions in Maternal and Newborn Health (IDEAS). IDEAS aims to improve the health and survival of mothers and babies through generating evidence to inform policy and practice. IDEAS use measurement and evaluation to understand which health innovations and programmes deliver the greatest impact on maternal and newborn survival at scale, as well as how and why they work, in Ethiopia, North-Eastern Nigeria and the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.