Government, in conjunction with the United Nations and other development partners, yesterday launched the Health Development Fund that seeks to raise $680 million over the next five years to support maternal, reproductive, child and adolescent health-related issues.
The multi-donor fund, formerly known as the Health Transition Fund and covering 2016 to 2020, seeks to ensure equitable access to high quality health services for women and children.
It is expected to result in the reduction of maternal and child mortality by 50 percent.
The fund, managed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is also expected to increase access to family planning, eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2020, malaria and other preventable diseases.
The European Union and the governments of UK, Sweden and Ireland as well as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI) have expressed willingness to be part of the HDF in achieving universal access to health in the country.