The impact of COVID-19 on essential health services in many of the world’s poorest countries threatens to turn back progress on the health of women, children and adolescents. The GFF has responded quickly to help limit the damage but more needs to be done to reclaim the gains. If we don’t increase investment now, lives will be lost and progress undone – hindering countries’ abilities to recover from this health and economic crisis.
The pandemic has already disrupted contraceptive use for more than 5 million women and adolescents living in GFF partner countries.
Severe disruptions in essential health services in GFF partner countries have contributed up to a 25% drop in coverage of lifesaving health interventions since the pandemic struck.
The GFF needs $1.2 billion by the end of 2021 to help countries maintain essential services for women, children and adolescents, strengthen health systems as they prepare for the rollout of the COVID-19 tools needed to end the pandemic, recover with greater resilience, and accelerate progress toward the SDGs.
A further US$1.3bn is needed to support the GFF’s work from 2023-2025. This will help meet country demand and enable the GFF to expand to a total of 50 of the world’s poorest countries.
New investments in the GFF Trust Fund – including US$1.2 billion frontloaded in 2021 to confront the continuing crisis will:
The GFF is primed and ready to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable women, children and adolescents are not left behind by the crisis.
Launched in 2015 as a country-led, global partnership and housed at the World Bank, the GFF is squarely focused on supporting countries to prioritize and scale up evidence-driven investments to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition in the world’s most vulnerable countries through targeted strengthening of service delivery systems—to save lives and as a critical step toward achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Read more about how the GFF works
Now is the time for all of us to double down on our shared commitment: To ensure the world is solidly on the path to realizing the goal that every woman, child, and adolescent ― everywhere ― can access the essential, quality, affordable health care they need to survive and thrive.
The urgency and need to ensure continuity of health services at all levels cannot be underscored. This must be a fully financed priority in order to reduce preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents. We can work with the GFF to ensure that this is the case.
Working with the GFF shows what’s possible when young people’s voices are heard and they are given the opportunity to shape, implement and monitor the policies that will impact their families and communities.
It is one of the best experiences to provide birth registration services to citizens knowing that they won’t have to travel to the sector offices to register their newborns. A timely and easy service made possible with the new system is a big milestone.