The Global Financing Facility (GFF) is a multilateral organisation. It aims to ensure health for all mothers, children and adolescents by 2030. Cordaid collaborates with the GFF on multiple projects in different countries. Through the project Global Health, Global Access, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we can further support the GFF’s work and mission.
Why Global Financing Facility?
Women, children and young people are usually part of the most vulnerable people in a community. When these people suffer from having limited access to healthcare, their needs are often brushed aside. This has serious economic consequences and makes it difficult to reach Universal Health Coverage.
The Global Financing Facility focuses on these challenges and aims to resolve them by 2030. It works through an innovative approach that is led by the participating countries with a focus on strengthening health systems. It requests countries to assess gaps in key reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health challenges and come up with a strategy based on the findings. The GFF enables investments to address those gaps and permanently improve healthcare in fragile countries.
This method also encourages local civil society organisations to take an active role in service delivery and health advocacy.
Cordaid believes in building strong health systems with a focus on the most vulnerable groups. The GFF’s approach resonates strongly with Cordaid’s way of addressing health challenges and working towards health for all. Therefore, through the Global Health, Global Access project, Cordaid advocates for the GFF’s work in the Netherlands.
GFF: Health for a better future
In 2017, there was a global shortage of 33.3 billion dollars for maternal, child and adolescent healthcare. This affected lower-income and conflict-affected countries most. Today, this gap is widening, mainly due to the shrinking budget for international development and a growing indifference towards global health. Current investments in healthcare are so few and far behind, that good healthcare is simply unavailable to the most vulnerable in society: mothers, children and young people.
This explains the GFF’s focus, which is not only instrumental to achieving health for all, but is also a prerequisite for a better, stronger and capable future generation.
During its last replenishment in 2018, donor countries pledged 1 billion USD for the GFF. With that support, the GFF is now working in 50 countries to deliver healthcare to those who need it most.
Sadly, COVID-19 has seriously challenged all the ongoing activities. Cordaid stands by the GFF in its mission to strengthen health systems and showcases its work to ensure unwavering Dutch financial support.