Health MDGs: Joint Statement and new USD$1.15 billion fund for MDGs 4 & 5

Joint Statement on accelerating efforts to achieve the health MDGs
WHO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for malaria on the occasion of the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations
25 September 2013
We have 829 days to go until the December 2015 MDG deadline. Over the past 12 and a half years, the world has made remarkable progress against the goals, especially the health-related MDGs. Child and maternal deaths have been almost halved from 1990 levels. Malaria deaths have dropped 50%, driven largely by the distribution of over 400 million mosquito nets in the past several years. Over 6 million people, of the 9 million who need TB treatment, are now on treatment. HIV, once a death sentence with virtually no one on treatment, has undergone a dramatic shift with almost 10 million people on treatment today – and if we can finish the job and put everyone on treatment, we will irreversibly halt the AIDS epidemic. These results are unmistakable proof that success is possible.

Now we must come together in one final big push to achieve the health MDGs, and lay the strongest of foundations for a post-2015 world.

We all know that the economic environment has been challenging, but despite that, the pace of our work to end maternal and child deaths, malaria deaths, AIDS-related deaths and eliminating new HIV infections among children has quickened over the past 3 years. This week, an unprecedented US$ 1.15 billion has been freshly mobilized to reach MDGs 4 and 5 – the largest amount ever mobilized for those goals. Funds of this magnitude fill a substantial portion of the remaining financing gap. Last year, at the London FP Summit, some $2.6 billion funds were mobilized for family planning. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is working hard to achieve its replenishment figure of $15 billion…

…It is now time for an unprecedented acceleration of effort to achieve the goals. We know it will take nothing short of a moonshot to accomplish the goals in the time remaining. The lives we must save in this final MDG phase are in the most difficult to reach areas, and are people who are chronically underserved. With a rights-based approach, combined with utilizing the advancements in science (effective antiretroviral therapy, malarial drugs, rapid diagnostics for TB), we can reach more people in need, faster and efficiently. We must do everything we can, to get as far as we can, by December 2015. Anything less will steepen our climb even further post-2015…

    The World Bank Group, UNICEF, USAID and the Government of Norway announced a collective USD$1.15 billion in funding over the next three years to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, and to ensure essential services and medicines reach women and children who need them in developing countries with the highest burdens of maternal and child deaths.

These commitments “represent one of the largest infusions of funds for maternal and child health from global donors since the MDGs were established in 2000, and signal the global community’s determination to support countries in achieving the goals.”  The funding from these four development partners “will work in a complementary and coordinated way to target a set of high-burden countries, in support of each country’s own child and maternal health plan. The resources from the United States, UNICEF, and Norway will largely be used to strengthen existing supply systems, and provide a needed injection of life-saving commodities, to ensure they reach the communities that need them. The resources from the World Bank Group will help countries transform their health service delivery for women and children by explicitly tying payments to health service providers to the successful delivery and independent verification of pre-agreed results…”