Donor: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Background: There is only a short time left for achieving the Millennium Development Goal targets, which include reducing child mortality (No 4: Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five) and improving maternal health (No 5: Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio and achieve universal access to reproductive health). A number of countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia, are still not going to achieve these targets, and more concerted efforts need to be made to improve the situation.
Its aim was to improve maternal and newborn health in low-resource countries through strengthening the role of obstetric and gynecological national associations so that they may play an active role in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national maternal and newborn health plans.
Collaborating organisations/countries involved: Eight FIGO Member Societies, six in Africa and two in Asia: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda.