2012—Born Too Soon
Australia will spend $1.6 billion over five years to 2015 under the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health to help give poor women and their babies the best chance of survival. A strong health system, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is needed to ensure women have healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries and access to services for their newborn babies. Working in partnership with national governments, Australia helps to strengthen health systems by improving service delivery and access to health clinics, training skilled health workers and ensuring reliable supplies of essential medicines, educating women on nutrition, prenatal and postnatal care, and providing quality emergency care if a delivery becomes complicated. Australia also supports efforts to prevent preterm births and improve the health of preterm babies through substantial core contributions to WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF; global initiatives such as the GAVI Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and civil society organisations.
2012—London Family Planning Summit
Australia commits to spending an additional AUD 58 million over five years on family planning, doubling annual contributions to AUD 53 million by 2016. This commitment will form a part of Australia’s broader investments in maternal, reproductive and child health (at least AUD 1.6 billion over five years to 2015). This commitment is subject to annual budget processes.
Australia supports the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health as a firm platform for putting the health needs of women and children back into the centre of the development agenda. Recognising the need for increased effort on women’s and children’s health, Australia will invest around US$1.5 billion (A$1.6 billion) over the five years to 2015 on interventions evidence shows will improve maternal and child health outcomes. These will include expanding access to family planning and vaccination services, and funding skilled health workers (including midwives), health facilities and supplies. Financial support committed in 2010 includes an additional US$79.5 million (A$85 million) for the Pacific and Papua New Guinea and US$131 million (A$140 million) for Eastern Africa. Australia’s strong focus on Indonesia, South Asia and effectively performing international organisations will also continue. [on current projections subject to annual budget processes]