Delivering Healthier Futures for Women, Children and Adolescents

What is the Role of Business?

#DeliverTheFuture

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Efforts to deliver a healthier future for the world’s most vulnerable women, children and adolescents are being severely hampered by global crises such as climate change, conflict, and the legacy of COVID-19.

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4.5 million

Over 4.5 million mothers and babies die each year from preventable conditions during pregnancy, birth or in the few weeks of life.

One death every Two minutes

Globally, a woman dies in childbirth on average every two minutes.

Investing in the health and rights of women, children and adolescents is a moral imperative, a human rights requirement and a key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Access to family planning services, safe births, postnatal care and good nutrition have the power to transform the health and opportunities of millions of people. It is also a smart economic choice that spurs economic growth and nurtures prosperous societies. 

Despite this, there remains a severe funding gap which even before COVID-19 stood at an estimated $33bn per year globally. Now, over 60 countries are off-track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets for maternal, newborn and stillborn mortality reduction by 2030.

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DELIVER THE FUTURE: INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

Catalyzing Opportunities for Women, Children and Adolescents

FAQs

The health of women, children and adolescents is intrinsically linked to business’ current and future workforce. Women make up nearly 40% of the world’s labour force, and globally 60% of garment sector workers and 43% of agricultural workers are women. Good health and nutrition is an important foundation for children’s learning, and all businesses have a vested interest in ensuring young people are able to take full advantage of educational opportunities and learn skills for future employment.

Businesses are an essential partner for governments to develop stronger health systems that meet the specific needs of women, children and adolescents. 

Clearly, pharmaceutical companies and businesses that supply medical products and services are crucial to healthcare delivery and have a vital role to play, and the food and agriculture sectors are key to ensuring good nutrition.  

There are also opportunities for companies with technical expertise to help drive innovation; for education companies to help deliver information and training; for investors and philanthropic foundations to develop creative models of finance to help plug the funding gap; and for multinationals with operations in low and middle-income countries to partner at the national level in support of government action plans. 

Beyond this, all sectors can support the health of women, children and adolescents by working to support access to healthcare and health education for women and their families within their core operations and across their supply chains, as well as through philanthropic investments and leveraging their advocacy voice.

The GFF is a multistakeholder partnership housed in the World Bank. It was co-created in 2015 by the World Bank, health leaders, the United Nations, and civil society organisations in response to slow progress towards global health commitments, and high rates of maternal and child mortality in many countries. Its unique, country-led model of financing has been critical to accelerating health investments and spurring health progress and empowerment for women, children and adolescents in 36 low- and middle-income countries. To date, $2 billion has been committed to the Fund, unlocking over $32 billion of funds in partner countries. As a result of GFF’s catalytic investments and technical assistance:

  • 96 million women have received four or more antenatal care visits
  • 103 million women have delivered their babies safely
  • 111 million newborns have benefited from early initiation of breastfeeding
  • More than 500 million women have received access to modern family planning
  • 187 million unintended pregnancies prevented

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Relevant Resources

EVENT RESOURCES

Hosted with the Global Financing Facility Discover the pivotal role of businesses in advancing health for women, children, and adolescents with The Global Financing Facility. Learn about the latest insights on how cross-sector collaboration and financial strategies are crafting healthier generations, and from practitioners on innovative approaches for impactful investment in global health systems. Speakers: Lilia Zakirova, Healthcare Public Policy Director, Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa, MSD Sneha Kanneganti, Private Sector Lead, Global Financing Facility Sue Tym, Social Impact Portfolio Senior Manager, Primark Ronald Wakhu, Senior Associate, Health Finance Coalition Maziko Matemba, Director, HREP-Malawi & Global GSOs Representative, GFF Investors Group Moderator: Annabel Beales, Collaboration Lead, Business Fights Poverty
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Watch this Webinar with the Global Financing Facility to discover the pivotal role of businesses in advancing health for women, children, and adolescents. Speakers: Lilia Zakirova, Healthcare Public Policy Director, Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa, MSD Sneha Kanneganti, Private Sector Lead, Global Financing Facility Sue Tym, Social Impact Portfolio Senior Manager, Primark Ronald Wakhu, Senior Associate, Health Finance Coalition Maziko Matemba, Director, HREP-Malawi & Global GSOs Representative, GFF Investors Group Moderator: Annabel Beales, Collaboration Lead, Business Fights Poverty
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Business Fights Poverty’s latest discussion paper explores why the health of women, children and young people is an issue that affects us all – and how some leading companies are taking action to make sure that everyone has access to the healthcare they deserve.
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This discussion paper underscores the pivotal role of the private sector in improving the health of women, children, and young people, essential for sustainable and equitable development. It highlights the increasing demand for healthcare services and the innovative solutions needed to address global health crises. With insights from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including businesses, governments, and civil society, the paper presents a framework for collaboration, emphasizing the urgency to bridge healthcare gaps and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. With the Global Financing Facility (GFF) and Business Fights Poverty.
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2024
Our online written discussion delved into the critical role businesses play in promoting the health and rights of women, children, and adolescents. The dialogue emphasized the urgent need for innovative and sustainable solutions to address the health challenges faced by these vulnerable groups. Key insights from the discussion highlighted the importance of leveraging core business capabilities, addressing healthcare accessibility, and strengthening primary healthcare systems. The event was part of Business Fights Poverty’s collaboration with the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children, and Adolescents (GFF) in support of GFF’s #DeliverTheFuture campaign.
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Our workshop with Reckitt and WiNFUND is an opportunity to learn from 6 entrepreneurs from across Africa, and hear the speakers’ insights on how best to support women entrepreneurs and leverage technology, including AI. OPENING SPEAKERS: Hamzah Sarwar, Global Social Impact and Partnerships Director, Reckitt Patty O’Hayer, Global Head Communications & Government Affairs, Reckitt Pradeep Kakkattil, CEO, HIEx and Co-founder, WiNFUND Dr. Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa, CEO and Co-founder, Chil Femtech Center Inc Corinne Momal-Vanian, Executive Director, Kofi Annan Foundation Judith Oketch, Founder and CEO, Ambulex Solutions Olivia Koburongo, Co-Founder and CEO, MamaOpe Medicals Belinda Shaw, Founder, Cape Bio Pharms Adeola Ayoola, Co-founder and CEO, Famasi Africa Dr. Mercy Ashaba, CEO & Co-Founder, Peleyta Health Corinne Hart, Senior Gender Advisor and Team Lead, Energy, Environment and Climate, USAID   MODERATOR: Her Excellency Toyin Saraki, Founder & President, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa
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Catalysing female entrepreneurship and improving access to healthcare  Our workshop with Reckitt and WiNFUND is an opportunity to learn from 6 entrepreneurs from across Africa, and hear insights on how best to support women entrepreneurs and leverage technology, including AI. OPENING SPEAKERS: Hamzah Sarwar, Global Social Impact and Partnerships Director, Reckitt Patty O’Hayer, Global Head Communications & Government Affairs, Reckitt Pradeep Kakkattil, CEO, HIEx and Co-founder, WiNFUND Dr. Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa, CEO and Co-founder, Chil Femtech Center Inc Corinne Momal-Vanian, Executive Director, Kofi Annan Foundation Judith Oketch, Founder and CEO, Ambulex Solutions Olivia Koburongo, Co-Founder and CEO, MamaOpe Medicals Belinda Shaw, Founder, Cape Bio Pharms Adeola Ayoola, Co-founder and CEO, Famasi Africa Dr. Mercy Ashaba, CEO & Co-Founder, Peleyta Health Corinne Hart, Senior Gender Advisor and Team Lead, Energy, Environment and Climate, USAID  
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The health of women, children and adolescents should be a concern for all of us, including multinational business. This article explains how the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents is helping to catalyse investment in this critical area, including through partnerships with the private sector.
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This workshop summary explores how the public sector, private sector (including both local millers and multinational companies), and development organisations can work together to scale staple food fortification. Read it to discover key recommendations based on a two-pronged plan of action for collective advocacy and investment. With TechnoServe, Accenture, and endeva.
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2022
Leading East African FemTech company, Kasha, share nine key lessons learnt from scaling their business with support from TRANSFORM. TRANSFORM is a joint initiative between Unilever, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and EY that provides grant funding and business consultancy to impact enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
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Watch this Fireside with Bayer on Women, Family and Contraceptives. SPEAKERS: Mildred Nadah Pita, Head Global Health Programs/Sustainability,  Middle Africa, Bayer Dr. Claus Runge, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Market Access, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Bayer Pharmaceuticals
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Family planning supports the agency of women and girls whilst bringing significant benefits to communities and national economies. In this article, Dr. Claus Runge, Head of Market Access, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, and Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty, explain how multilateral partnerships can increase access to these essential services.
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The pandemic has caused international upheaval in terms of development aid and gender equality. At a time when especially girls and women in low- and middle-income countries need more support than ever before, it has been even more challenging to get the needed funding and assistance. What does the future hold? Experts from the UNFPA, The World Bank, and Bayer Pharmaceuticals came together to discuss.
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