Well-financed health systems mean better health services for all. When resources reach communities, more women give birth safely and more children access lifesaving vaccinations and nutrition services. Improving how countries finance health is critical for reaching universal health coverage. However, economic downturn from multiple global crises can constrain public and donor spending on health across many low- and middle-income countries.

Supporting a Country-Led Approach

With country-led strategies setting the way for women’s, children’s, and adolescent health, the GFF supports countries to mobilize more resources for health and make spending efficient and equitable. As part of its comprehensive support to health systems, the GFF helps countries identify and implement the health financing reforms needed to support priorities by:

  • Leveraging World Bank financing
  • Providing analytical tools on how the health sector is financed
  • Strengthening public sector governance and financial management
  • Increasing advocacy efforts for more and better resources for health

Health Financing Accelerator

As part of the Global Action Plan, the GFF works with partners under the GAP Health Financing Accelerator to promote financing reforms toward universal health coverage.

Learn more about how the GFF supports civil society to advocate for more and equitable resources for health in the Joint Learning Agenda on Health Financing and Universal Health Coverage.



Government investment in the health of women, children, and adolescents has been consistent across GFF partner countries, and in some cases, budgets have even increased. Governments have also implemented financing reforms to make health care more affordable. For example:

  • In the Central African Republic improvements in frontline spending and donor alignment have led to a 5 percent increase in resource allocation for primary health care.
  • Health financing reforms in Cote d’Ivoire helped expand insurance coverage by 89 percent. These reforms targeted the poorest households, which contributed to increasing the number of women seeking pregnancy care.
  • Through the GFF’s collaboration with the World Bank, the share of World Bank financing in GFF-supported countries allocated to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH-N) has increased by more than 15 percent since 2015. Learn more about how the GFF leverages World Bank financing for health.
GFF Data Portal

Explore how our partner countries are financing the health of their populations.

Access the GFF Data Portal