With strong government leadership and GFF partnership's support, countries are making an impact of health and wellbeing of their most vulnerable women, children and adolescents.

Changing attitudes and empowering young girls in Senegal

“I can see now that I have prospects,” says 13-year-old Mariama, who lives in rural Senegal. “I want to become someone and help lift my family out of poverty. Only then I will think about marriage.” What's behind Mariama's optimistic outlook?

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Four ways countries and communities are working to accelerate health equity for women and girls

While the last two decades saw progress in women and girls’ health, recent data and trends show that gains are stagnating and equity gaps in access to healthcare are widening.

But pockets of progress exist. A look at programs and policies in Global Financing Facility (GFF) partner countries shows what is working to close health equity gaps and accelerate progress in gender equality.

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Deliver the future: CSO perspectives with Oyeyemi Pitan (Gem Hub Initiative)

What will it take to Deliver the Future for women, children and adolescents? The GFF asked civil society partners to share their perspectives. In this video, Oyeyemi Pitan, Executive Secretary of Gem Hub Initiative in Nigeria, discusses how her work supports youth in urban and rural communities to ensure they access quality health care, including sexual and reproductive and mental health services.

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Open day with married adolescents to discuss pregnancy care and family planning in Kolda District, Senegal. Copyright: Alliance Nationale des Jeunes pour la Sante de la Reproduction.
How youth groups in Africa are transforming health for women and girls

In this blog, Aminata Thioye, a gender and youth advocate from Senegal, shares how empowered youth are key to ensuring health for all and gender equality. 

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Mother waiting at a health center in Cote d'Ivoire
How GFF partner countries are building equitable health systems

With GFF support, several countries are making health services accessible and affordable to women, children and adolescents in the most at-risk communities.

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How the GFF advances sexual and reproductive health and rights

Countries will not achieve this goal without deliberate actions and progress in young girls’ and women’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. The GFF is committed to ensuring all women, children and adolescents can survive and thrive.

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How new laws are protecting women and girls, and changing mindsets in Niger

Niger has one of the highest fertility rates in the world. Combating child marriage and empowering girls can reduce unintended pregnancies and school dropout rates and increase GDP per capita. As a response, in 2019, the government of Niger, embarked on a series of reforms – including the establishment of child protection committees – to accelerate the demographic transition and promote gender equality and economic growth.

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Adolescent Girls in Cameroon
Accelerate equality: Catalyzing legal change for Cameroon’s inclusive communities

For many decades, pregnant young girls in Cameroon have not been allowed to stay in school. In April of 2022, the fate of thousands of girls in the country changed when the government – in collaboration with the GFF, the World Bank and other partners – amended a national regulation to allow pregnant girls to remain in school. 

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A mother with a health official completing birth registration for her twin babies at Masaka District Hospital, Kigali, Rwanda. Photo credit: Annette Umugwaneza/ Rwanda’s National Identification Agency
In Rwanda, making every life known is enhancing human capital

Rwanda’s National Identification Agency (NIDA), supported by the World Bank, the GFF and the Identification for Development (ID4D) initiative, under the World Bank Strengthening Social Protection Project, embarked on modernizing the CRVS system to ensure legal identity for all, good governance, and evidence-based decision making for sustainable development.

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Kirkos, Ethiopia. Photo: World Bank Group-Michael Tsegaye
Unlocking the power of the private sector to build health systems

Governments responded swiftly to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic, but health systems are still under strain. Successfully engaging the private sector is critical to respond to the pandemic and build a more resilient recovery.

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Responding to COVID-19 while protecting essential services

Early in the pandemic, the DRC’s Ministry of Health initiated a COVID-19 Response Plan resource mapping and expenditure tracking exercise to help monitor whether partner and domestic funding for COVID-19 could be secured without jeopardizing implementation of the national health strategy.

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