Financing Maternal and Child Health—What Are the Limitations in Estimating Donor Flows and Resource
Marco Scha¨ferhoff1*, Christina Schrade1, Gavin Yamey2
1 Evidence to Policy initiative, SEEK Development, Berlin, Germany,
2 Evidence to Policy initiative, Global Health Group, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America
PLoS Medicine | www.plosmedicine.org - July 2010 | Volume 7 | Issue 7 | e1000305
Available online at: http://bit.ly/aG7WSk
“………The crisis of avoidable maternal, newborn, and child deaths in developing countries is currently a major focus for the global health community, and it will be one of the leading issues discussed at the September 2010 Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) [
Many countries are off track to reach the 2015 child and maternal health MDGs (MDGs 4 and 5), and additional donor assistance will be needed to help countries get back on track.
How much donor assistance is currently available for maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and how much additional financing will be needed? In this article, we examine the best estimates of current donor assistance to MNCH and of future funding that will be needed to reach MDGs 4 and 5.
We lay out several limitations in these estimates. We end with our recommendations for improving the tracking of MNCH financing flows and estimating the costs of scaling up MNCH interventions….”
UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
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