Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health - United Kingdom 2010 and 2012 commitments

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September 2010

Commitment

In 2010 The UK was re-orienting its aid programme to put women at the heart of its development efforts and is focusing rigorously on results, including a review of all bilateral and multilateral aid programmes to maximise impact on mothers and babies. The UK’s new Business Plan for Reproductive Maternal and Newborn Health set out how the UK aimed to increase efforts up to 2015 ‘to double the number of maternal, newborn and children’s lives saved.’ It was anticipated that UK aid would save the lives of at least 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth, a quarter of a million newborn babies and enable 10 million couples to access modern methods of family planning over the next five years. To achieve this ambitious goal, the UK pledged to double its annual support for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health by 2012, and sustain that level to 2015. The UK committed to provide an annual average of £740 million (US$1.1 billion) for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health from 2010 to 2015. This means that over this period the UK would spend an additional £2.1bn on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. This commitment added an additional £1.6bn to the commitment of £490m the UK made for 2010 and 2011 at the Muskoka Summit.
In 2012 the UK agreed there was an urgent need for more action to prevent and manage pre-term births and urged all its partners to increase their efforts to achieve the aims of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. The UK set out clear plans to help improve the health of women and young children in many of the poorest countries in order to help save the lives of at least 250,000 newborn babies and 50,000 women during pregnancy and childbirth by 2015. At the 2012 London Family Planning Summit the UK committed £516 million (US $800 million) over eight years towards the Summit goal of enabling an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to be using modern methods of family planning by 2020.

Target

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Progress

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Gap

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Additionality

The 2010 commitment added an additional £1.6bn to the commitment of £490m the UK made for 2010 and 2011 at the Muskoka Summit.