Description/achievement of initiative
2010: Sweden’s strong commitment to Women’s and Children’s health is clearly reflected in Sweden's policy for global development , in Sweden's international policy on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and in the Policy for Gender Equality and the Rights and Role of Women . In the bilateral development cooperation support is primarily given to the strengthening of national health and education systems with a focus on a broad SRHR approach. A range of funding and other mechanisms is used. Policy dialogue and strategic partnerships are essential to raise awareness and build capacity with regard to phenomena related to maternal and child health including controversial issues such as access to safe abortions. Globally Sweden supports the UN system (UNFPA including the UNFPA/ICM program to strengthen midwifery, UNICEF, UNESCO), global initiatives (GAVI, Education for all Fast Track Initiative, GFATM) and civil society (IPAS, IPPF, Men Engage network). To further strengthen the commitment a special effort on MDG5 has been developed . The ambition is to raise awareness and build capacity to improve maternal health at all levels of development cooperation. Sweden also endorses the G8 Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and has made a substantial allocation in the budget bill proposed to parliament for 2011 to further strengthen work to improve child health.
By working with partnerships and support UN system and civil society. strengthening of national health and education system with a focus on a broad SRHR approach.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, GAVI, Education for all Fast Track Initiative, GFATM, (IPAS, IPPF, Men Engage network