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5 Actions Global Citizens Can Take to Support Moms and Babies Around the World


Why Global Citizens Should Care
The Global Financing Facility (GFF) was launched in 2015 to help put an end to preventable maternal and child deaths. On Nov. 6, Norway will be co-hosting the GFF replenishment and you can take the actions below to help.

More than 5 million women, children, and adolescents die from preventable conditions every year. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) wants to change that.

The GFF provides funding and works with governments and institutions to help determine which health efforts should be prioritized in order to help recipient countries achieve health-related goals.

That can mean many different things. In some countries, the GFF focuses on eliminating bottlenecks in health care; in others, it helps with data collection by implementing things like birth and death registrations.

In many countries, the GFF works with local governments to re-establish or launch health services. Together, they find cost-efficient, sustainable, and effective medical interventions.

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Ministries of finance and health in the respective countries work with the GFF to dispense existing and new resources to wherever they are most needed.

But more funding is needed and its first replenishment is coming up.

On Nov. 6, Norway will be co-hosting the GFF replenishment, a conference that brings together stakeholders, governments and organizations with the goal of raising $1 billion initially, and ultimately $2 billion in total in new support over the 2018-2023 period.

As a Global Citizen, you can play a role in ensuring thoese goals are met by taking any of the following actions (plus, you’ll earn points every time you do).

Tweet at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Send Him an Email

The GFF launched in 2015 thanks to the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the governments of Norway and Canada.

Canada has committed CAD $240 million to the GFF so far. Its leadership in global health is important, and that’s why Global Citizen is calling on the government to announce a contribution at next week’s replenishment.

Sign a Petition Calling on World Leaders to End Preventable Deaths … and Then Send a Message to the UK

Right now, the GFF works in 27 countries, but it’s looking to expand to 50. In order to do so, it needs more resources.

Global Citizens can sign a petition that asks world leaders in the UK, Germany, France, and Canada to invest in the GFF in an effort to help them expand and to eliminate the preventable deaths of women and children around the world.

Once you’ve signed that petition, you can send an email to the UK government asking it to invest in more international aid. The email will specifically ask the UK to commit USD $100 million to the GFF.

Tweet at Members of the European Union to Ask Them to Fill the Gap in Health Financing

There is an annual shortfall of USD $33 billion in health financing that must be filled if the world is going to be successful in ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths by 2030.

The replenishment next week marks a historic opportunity to make progress toward universal health coverage by putting women, children, and adolescents first.

Take action now!