Financial Gaps Working Group


Julian Schweitzer, World Bank

  • Julian F. Schweitzer, the World Bank
  • Irina A. Nikolic, the World Bank
  • David Evans, WHO
  • Jacqueline Mahon, UNFPA
  • Carlos Carrera, UNICEF
  • Carole Presern, GAVI
  • Ren Minghui, China
  • Tore Godal, Norway
  • Louis Rusa, Rwanda
  • Mariam Ally, Tanzania
  • Jeea Saraswati and Rohit Ramchandani, Canadian International Development Agency

In addition, we would like to acknowledge technical expertise and input contributed by the WHO, the World Bank, and other agencies.

The Financial Gaps Working Group will be led by the World Bank. The Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health will seek to identify and fill the financial gap from three sources:

  • Countries fulfilling existing commitments;
  • New commitments, including from new partners;
  • More efficient use of existing resources.

Building on the recommendations of international and regional taskforces related to the harmonization of donor and multilateral support, financing should be long-term and predictable and committed to one comprehensive national strategy/plan, one set of indicators, and one monitoring and accountability mechanism.

The Global Strategy will call for the removal of financial barriers that prevent the poorest and most vulnerable from accessing essential health services and will encourage increased domestic financing. It will identify interventions in need of additional resources to achieve MDGs 1 (c), 4, 5 and 6 and establish a consolidated, integrated framework for action, reporting and monitoring across the health MDEGs, ensuring that international health financing is clearly aligned with the needs of countries, for example, through emerging mechanisms such as the health systems funding platform.