$12 Billion Annually Needed to Meet MDG 5
Governments and the international community must commit funding to provide essential services to all women in developing countries to meet MDG 5 (Improve Maternal Health) by 2015. Investing in women makes sense right now and is essential for our future.
Investing another US $12 billion a year (for a total of US $24 billion) would fulfill the unmet need for family planning and provide every woman with the recommended standard of maternal and newborn care. The results:
- Reducing unintended pregnancies by more than 66%
- Preventing 70% of maternal deaths
- Averting 44% of newborn deaths
- Reducing unsafe abortion by 73%
- Cutting disability-adjusted life years lost to pregnancy-related illness and premature death by 66%
Though the funding is essential to prevent these deaths, money alone can’t solve this problem. Governments must also:
- Strengthen health systems and address serious gaps, including 1.1 million health care professionals (midwives, nurses, doctors, and specialists) and managers by 2015.
- Strengthen maternal, newborn, and reproductive health programs and institutions, and ensure that information and services are available and sensitive to and respectful of women.
- Develop monitoring and accountability mechanisms and channels for community engagement that address wider socio-economic, political, and cultural barriers to maternal and newborn health care.