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