The ‘Every Woman Every Child’ programme initiated by the Global Financing Facility (GFF) to improve maternal and child health in low and lower-middle-income countries like Ghana has been given a US$10 million boost.
The MSD, also known as the Merck Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A., inside the United States and Canada, last Thursday, pledged to commit the amount to the programme.
Through the GFF initiative, countries are expected to make a great impact on the lives of their most vulnerable citizens, with the goal of preventing an estimated 3.8 million maternal deaths, 101 million child deaths and 21 million stillbirths by 2030.
“Women are the cornerstone of a healthy and prosperous world. When a woman survives pregnancy and childbirth, her family, community and nation thrive.
“Our partnership with the GFF demonstrates how the private sector can play a unique role in helping to improve maternal and child health worldwide. We look forward to contributing our resources and expertise to the GFF and its partner organisations to work toward the common goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths,” Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer, MSD, said in a statement.
The statement said the contribution to the GFF Trust Fund would be used for innovative financing and public-private partnerships to scale up high-impact interventions to help women and children to survive.
It said MSD’s commitment advanced the mission of MSD for Mothers, and indicated that the company’s 10-year $500 million global initiative aimed to end the tragedy of women dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
In addition to financial support, it noted that MSD would provide business expertise to strengthen multi-stakeholder partnership.
“GFF partners include, in addition to the GFF implementing countries, the World Bank Group; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Gavi; the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the United Nations; and the governments of Canada, Norway, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States,” it said.
A total of 62 low- and lower-middle-income countries with high levels of maternal and child mortality, the statement said, were eligible to receive grants from the GFF Trust Fund which is currently active in 16 countries around the world.
In each GFF country, the statement said partners were aligning their funding to support one country-driven investment case and strategy that would strengthen the health system by focusing on high-impact and fiscally efficient solutions.
“With the financial assistance and technical expertise of corporations like MSD, GFF countries will develop innovative financing mechanisms to mobilise private sector capital, facilitating partnerships between global companies and countries and leveraging private sector capabilities to deliver better health results,” it said.
By Times Reporter