Journal article

Advancing social and economic development by investing in women's and children's health: a new Global Investment Framework

Karin Stenberg, Henrik Axelson, Peter Sheehan, Ian Anderson, A Metin Guelmezoglu, Marleen Temmerman, Elizabeth Mason, Howard S Friedman, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Joy E Lawn, Kim Sweeny, Jim Tulloch, Peter Hansen, Mickey Chopra, Anuradha Gupta, Joshua P Vogel, Mikael Ostergren, Bruce Rasmussen, Carol Levin, Colin Boyle Show all



A new Global Investment Framework for Women's and Children's Health demonstrates how investment in women's and children's health will secure high health, social, and economic returns. We costed health systems strengthening and six investment packages for: maternal and newborn health, child health, immunisation, family planning, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Nutrition is a cross-cutting theme. We then used simulation modelling to estimate the health and socioeconomic returns of these investments. Increasing health expenditure by just $5 per person per year up to 2035 in 74 high-burden countries could yield up to nine times that value in economic and social benefits. These returns include greater..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The WHO and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) acknowledges the financial support received from all of its donors to date in 2013, whose support enabled the development of this article through direct funding, or through funding of other WHO and PMNCH work streams that informed ideas presented in this report. Furthermore, direct funding for the Investment Framework analysis, including a meeting of the Study Group, was provided by the Governments of Norway and Italy. PMNCH acknowledges financial support received from the following donors in 2013 ( in alphabetical order): Government of Australia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Government of Canada, MacArthur Foundation, Government of the Netherlands, Government of Norway, Government of Sweden, Government of the UK, Government of the USA, and the World Bank.