Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health

In 2010, USAID, the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched the Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health, a unique partnership to accelerate progress in achieving MDGs 4 and 5 which focus on improving reproductive, maternal and child health outcomes. The partnership seeks to promote cost-effective use of resources, leverage resources to fill funding gaps, reduce duplication, and encourage the sharing of best practices among partners. Alliance partners work together at headquarters' level and in ten, high-need countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

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Read the Alliance's yearly progress reports:

In support of Family Planning 2020, the Alliance and the World Health Organization hosted the first Family Planning Implementation Research Donor Meeting in Washington, D.C., December 3-4, 2012. The meeting brought together more than 40 representatives from 21 funding agencies that identified research gaps that could be addressed through collective action, and outlined the initial strategies for doing so. This meeting marked the emergence of greater donor collaboration on family planning implementation research, and recognized that many of the remaining questions in the field call for aligned responses that draw on the comparative advantages of a range of development partners. In preparation for the meeting, the Population Council prepared a background paper, which reviewed and synthesized the large body of existing family planning research and identified key knowledge gaps, and a donor brief about international family planning research collaboration.

In collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH), USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, and the World Health Organization, Alliance partners jointly supported a series of national reviews on current progress and challenges in addressing key policy and implementation issues related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH).

Exemplifying the international focus on donor harmonization and country ownership of development, the Alliance closely coordinates the efforts of partners to support country strategies to scale-up proven, high-impact interventions and to explore and adapt innovations that can advance health outcomes.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Australia Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced at the MDG Summit in New York September 22, 2010, the five-year public/private global alliance to: 1) contribute to the goal of reducing the unmet need for family planning by 100 million women; 2) expand skilled birth attendance and facility-based deliveries; and 3) increase the numbers of women and newborns receiving quality post-natal care by 2015. Read remarks on the Alliance at UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Millennium Development Goals' Maternal and Child Health Event - 09/22/10:

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Last updated: August 14, 2013

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