Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health

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Women's, children's and adolescents’ health are underlying drivers of progress on the majority of the Sustainable Development Goals

Launched in September 2010, Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement that mobilises and intensifies efforts by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents around the world.

The movement puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), which presents a roadmap for ending all preventable deaths among women, children and adolescents within a generation.

The Global Strategy is built on the guiding principles of country leadership, human rights, community ownership and accountability. It sets out three objectives to be achieved by 2030:

  • Surviveend preventable deaths.
  • Thriveensure health and well-being.
  • Transformexpand enabling environments.

These are in line with globally agreed goals and targets of specific strategies and action plans, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Gavi supports Every Woman Every Child through the power and influence of vaccines, public-private partnerships and innovative financing mechanisms. Our support helps to accelerate access to life-saving vaccines in low- and middle-income countries, including vaccines against the leading childhood killers, pneumonia and diarrhoea.

We also fund vaccines that directly benefit women and adolescent girls. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines given to young girls prevent cervical cancer later in life, while rubella vaccines protect pregnant women and their babies from stillbirth and miscarriage.

Global financing facility

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child was launched at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015 as part of a global conversation about how to finance the SDGs.

Gavi engages closely with GFF through a seat on its Investors Group. We also take part in in-country coordination efforts to ensure efficient planning and implementation of activities related to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, including immunisation.

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