In fact, for every challenge we face in improving health and development outcomes we should follow one overarching principle: placing women at the center—both as recipients and as producers of care.
That principle is at the heart of the organization I lead, the Global Financing Facility (GFF), which was founded in 2015 to help governments in countries where almost all of the 5 million preventable deaths occur, to transform how they invest in and finance the health and nutrition of women, children and adolescents.
The GFF is a catalyst for health and nutrition. Our job is to work with governments and their partners to identify high-impact, but underinvested areas that are holding so many women back – like sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal and newborn quality care, and nutrition. Critically, the GFF is country-led, supporting governments to develop a strong investment case that is designed to meet local needs and focus on neglected interventions, population groups and geographic areas.