COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the health of women and girls around the world. For the first time in the last two decades, we are seeing global progress on women's health and wellbeing reversed. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a drop of up to 25% in coverage of life-saving interventions across some of the most disadvantaged countries - that means millions of women and children missing out on vaccinations, nutrition interventions, and childbirth care.
In order to #ReclaimTheGains we have seen in recent years, and ensure that womens' and girls' health outcomes are prioritized in our COVID-19 response, we have to have global partnerships that can catalyze real change.
That's where the World Bank Global Financing Facility for women, children, and adolescents (GFF) comes in. Established in 2015, the GFF is a multi-stakeholder global partnership that is committed to ensuring all women, children, and adolescents can survive and thrive. It supports countries to deliver and scale up high-impact health and nutrition interventions that generate results.
The GFF strategy aims to set a strong foundation with an increased focus on bolstering country leadership, advancing equity and gender equality, reimagining frontline service delivery, building more equitable health financing systems and maintaining a focus on results. Through their support for the COVID-19 ACT Accelerator, they are contributing to an end to COVID-19 once and for all.
There is a more than $1.2 billion dollar shortfall in funding to address the desperate need of women and girls worldwide and save an estimated 5 million lives by 2025 - but the United States, one of the richest economies in the world, hasn't contributed yet.
The United States has a chance, this year, to reclaim leadership in the fight for the health, wealth, and right of women and girls around the world and can lead us to #ReclaimTheGains before it's too late.
Help us call on the Biden Administration to lead with a contribution of $100 million to address this shortfall and ensure that women, children, and adolescents get the support they need to thrive.