Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health - Sweden 2010, 2011 and 2012 commitments

Date of commitment: 
September 2010


In 2010 Sweden’s strong commitment to Women’s and Children’s health was clearly reflected in Sweden’s policy for global development, in Sweden’s international policy on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and in the Policy for Gender Equality and the Rights and Role of Women. In the bilateral development cooperation support was primarily given to the strengthening of national health and education systems with a focus on a broad SRHR approach. A range of funding and other mechanisms was used. Policy dialogue and strategic partnerships were considered essential to raise awareness and build capacity with regard to phenomena related to maternal and child health including controversial issues such as access to safe abortions. Globally Sweden supportted the UN system (UNFPA including the UNFPA/ICM program to strengthen midwifery, UNICEF, UNESCO), global initiatives (GAVI, Education for all Fast Track Initiative, GFATM) and civil society (IPAS, IPPF, Men Engage network). To further strengthen the commitment a special effort on MDG5 was developed. The ambition was to raise awareness and build capacity to improve maternal health at all levels of development cooperation. Sweden also endorsed the G8 Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and made a substantial allocation in the budget bill proposed to parliament for 2011 to further strengthen work to improve child health.
In 2011 Sweden enhanced its commitment to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. Contributing to the achievement of the MDGs, especially MDGs 4 and 5, is one of the core focuses of Swedish development aid, which amounts to approximately 1% of its annual Gross Domestic Income. In 2011, Sweden committed to allocate 500 million Swedish kroner to combat child mortality and maternal mortality and promote health, education and youth entrepreneurship. In addition the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation announced that Swedish development aid had the ambition of helping save the lives of


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Financial commitments are not new; see related commitments above.