Reuters: The cost to stop women dying in childbirth by 2030? 46 military aircraft

14 November, 2019

Extracts and a comment from me below. Full text here: http://news.trust.org/item/20191113082938-s9l3x/

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Every day more than 800 women die from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, Nov 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)... An investment of $115.5 billion - which is equivalent to the cost of 46 high-end military aircraft - would end needless maternal deaths by 2030, researchers said at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Kenya...

Nations have committed to three global goals related to women's sexual and reproductive rights within the next 10 years, but the report by the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) found there was a funding shortfall to meet these targets.

"We now know how much and where we need to invest. These figures are a drop in the ocean compared to the dividend expected and the funds available," UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem told the global conference late on Tuesday...

Every day more than 800 women die from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth, according to the UNFPA. More than 230 million women want to prevent pregnancy but are not using modern contraception...

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Comment (Neil PW): As we have discussed previously on HIFA, target 3.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals is the only one that refers explicitly to health information:

3.7 By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

It would be interesting to learn from the above study what percentage of the $115.5 billion would be directed to help meet information needs for SRH/FP. More generally, HIFA argues that universal access to essential healthcare information is a prerequisite for universal health coverage and the health SDGs. Healthcare information is the low-hanging fruit that most funders cannot see. Indeed, I was talking with a colleague only yesterday to learn that many funding agencies are currently paying even *less* attention to information access than previously.

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator, HIFA Project on Family Planning

http://www.hifa.org/projects/family-planning

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil AT hifa.org