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

Date of commitment: 
September 2010


In 2010 the United States committed to build on important recent efforts, notably President Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), by launching a $63 billion initiative to help partner countries save lives and achieve sustainable health outcomes. Through the GHI, the United States committed to scale up efforts and achieve significant results in maternal and child health and family planning. The GHI sets out ambitious targets for improving maternal and child health to inspire an intensive effort, to: reduce maternal mortality by 30 percent across assisted countries; reduce mortality rates for children under 5 by 35 percent across assisted countries; reduce child under-nutrition by 30 percent across assisted food insecure countries, in conjunction with the President’s Feed the Future Initiative; double the number of at-risk babies born HIV-free, from a baseline of 240,000 babies of HIV-positive mothers born HIV-negative during the first five years of PEPFAR; and reach a modern contraceptive prevalence rate of 35 percent across assisted countries.
In 2012 USAID continued to focus its MCH resources on reducing maternal and child mortality in 24 countries, which represent more than 70% of the mortality. In 23 of these countries, USAID’s family planning programs will also make a substantial contribution to mortality reduction, through health timing and spacing of pregnancies as well as reduction in the lifetime risk of dying as a consequence of pregnancy and childbirth. In partnership with Feed the Future, USAID’s nutrition programs plan to reduce under-nutrition, a key determinant of maternal and child mortality. In countries in sub-Saharan Africa where malaria’s contribution to maternal and child mortality is high, USAID’s malaria programs make substantial contributions to overall mortality reduction. USAID’s programs also build on partnership commitments launched at the June 2012 Call to Action.


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It is not clear how these commitments relate to other commitments to child and maternal health.