The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has long been an avid supporter of UN Foundation campaigns and goals, including Every Woman Every Child. In 2010, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commmitted to give $1.5 billion over 5 years for women's and children's health, later adding $1 billion to that goal in 2012 to aid in providing 120 million additional women with contraceptives, information and services by 2020. The foundation reaffirmed this commitment as part of the Every Newborn Action Plan in 2014.
2014-Every Newborn Action PlanThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reaffirms their Every Woman Every Child commitment and acknowledge their firm support and pledge to aiding in the implementation of the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP). At Women Deliver in 2010, the Gates Foundation committed USD $1.5 billion through 2015 to improve women’s and children’s health. This funding includes an annual investment of USD $130 million on behalf of maternal and newborn survival. The Foundation has made newborn health a top priority and will continue to do so, with particular support for programs, interventions, and activities that fully integrate newborn health within the reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) continuum of care. Future investments that will support the ENAP include the following priorities: ENAP implementation; advocacy and accountability efforts at the country level; scale-up of key interventions that work; quality improvement initiatives; and research on the prevalence and prevention of preterm birth.
2012—London Family Planning SummitThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commits to investing more than US $1 billion to help reach the goal of providing 120 million additional women with contraceptives, information and services by 2020. That means doubling its investment in family planning from US $70 million a year to US $140 million a year for eight years – totaling an additional US $560 million. The Foundation believes that supporting family planning is one of the most cost-effective investments a country can make in its future. The Gates Foundation recognizes the right of women to have the power to create a better life for themselves and their families, and is committed to supporting the leadership of developing countries in addressing barriers that prevent women from accessing lifesaving contraceptives. The Foundation will also support research and development to create new contraceptives that can better serve the needs and circumstances of more women in the poorest countries around the world.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commits $1.5 billion over the next 5 years to improving women’s and children’s health. This includes investments to support maternal, neonatal and child health, family planning and nutrition programs in developing countries. This investment does not reflect the foundation’s grant making for vaccines, or for the prevention of pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria or HIV/AIDS—all of which are closely linked to child health.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commits to reducing the burden of preterm birth as part of its broader Family Health agenda, where we are in the process of granting $1.5 billion from 2010 to 2014. In order to reduce the burden associated with preterm birth, we are investing in three core areas: supporting coverage of interventions that work (e.g. Kangaroo Mother Care, antenatal corticosteroids); supporting research and development of new interventions (particularly related to prevention of preterm birth); and supporting tools to better understand the burden and what can be done to reduce the incidence of preterm birth (e.g. the Lives Saved Tool (LiST) and MANDATE Project).
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