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The Global Financing Facility: A Brief Overview

Are you familiar with the Global Financing Facility (GFF)? Do you live in one of the 63 countries receiving or eligible to receive GFF funding?

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The GFF was launched by the UN and the World Bank in July last year to improve the health of women, children and adolescents. It is a financing model that combines domestic funding with external resources.

While the GFF is still in its early days, we believe that it has the potential to improve MDSR systems, through investing in civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, for example. An important focus of the GFF is to improve CRVS systems – a key method for measuring improvements in maternal and newborn health – to capture information on births, deaths and causes of deaths. Continue reading

Resources from the 2015 MDSR workshop in Vancouver

On 4th October 2015, an MDSR workshop took place at the FIGO World Congress  led by the World Health Organization and UNFPA in collaboration with FIGO (the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics). The workshop aimed to identify opportunities to strengthen MDSR implementation and the contribution of MDSR to Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality beyond 2015 by:

  • Providing a forum to discuss and identify the opportunities and challenges facing MDSR implementation post-2015
  • Sharing lessons from the field on selected key topics relevant to sustained MDSR implementation
  • Identifying mechanisms and activities to strengthen global collaboration in MDSR implementation.

The workshop included presentations and “marketplace” discussion sessions on five themes. Please follow links to resources available from, or associated with, these sessions.

Death notification:

Data, communication and advocacy:

  • Role of civil society in MDSR: experiences from India. Presented by Subha Sri (CommonHealth, India). Click here to read a related civil society report on maternal deaths in India from CommonHealth.
  • How to communicate the message? Role of advocacy in communicating in MDSR. Presented by Sara Bandali (E4A).
  • Data innovations and visualization: Using scorecards to measure the strength of Maternal Death Review (MDR) systems in Nigeria and inform MDSR in Sierra Leone. Hosted by Tunde Segun (E4A) and Mohamed Yilla (E4A)
  • Data innovation and communication: Experiences from India. Hosted by Ajey Bhardwaj (Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India). Click here to read a related article on the development of an electronic MDR system in India. 

Funding agencies:

  • The role of funding agencies in MDSR support.  Presented by USAID. 

Professional society involvement:

  • The role of professional bodies and government agencies in MDSR: The Malaysia Experience. Presented by Dr Ravichandran Jeganathan (Ministry of Health, Malaysia).
  • Professional society involvement: The UK experience. Hosted by Dr Paul Fogarty (Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists). The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (RCOG) works to improve women’s health care across the world. Founded in 1929, the RCOG now have over 13,500 members worldwide and works with a range of partners both in the UK and globally to improve the standard of care delivered to women, encourage the study of obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G), and advance the science and practice of O&G. Click here to read more about the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists.

Scaling up:

  • Going to scale: experiences from Tanzania and Ethiopia (see implementation coverage for 2014 and 2015).  Hosted by Moke Magoma (E4A) and Azmach Hadush (E4A).