Friday, July 19, 2024

Can Botswana use the Muskoka Initiative to revitalize primary healthcare? The Paradox!!

The Muskoka-Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) initiative came about as a result of a concerted effort by global health experts and health advocates during the mid-2000s to raise awareness of key maternal and child health concerns across the developing world. Canada, which hosted the 2010 G-8 summit, took a leadership role in both committing financing and galvanizing other donors around maternal and child health. Reports and academic papers indicates that G-8 countries committed to mobilizing $5 billion of additional funding over the five years starting in 2010 towards MNCH, in addition to $4.1 billion that G-8 members already contributed annually. In total the Initiative was anticipated to mobilize significantly more than the $10 billion over the period 2010-2015. With commitments by other governments (Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea and Switzerland), and by foundations (the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UN Foundation), the total amount (including Canada’s $2.85 billion) committed at Muskoka reached US$7.3 billion, (Banchani & Swiss, 2019).

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