From Silos to Synergy: How the Funding Landscape is Shifting for Maternal and Newborn Health, Justice, and Equity

March 03, 2021

There is no better gauge of the health of a society than the health of its mothers and children. Since 1990, there has been tremendous progress in reducing maternal and newborn mortality rates around the world. The number of maternal deaths decreased 44% between 1990 and 2015, the number of infant deaths decreased 55% from 1990 to 2018, and the number of deaths of children under 5 decreased 59% from 1990 to 2019. However, more than 800 women still die every day from preventable complications related to childbirth, and each year, 2.4 million babies do not survive past their first 30 days of life. Progress — or lack thereof — on maternal and newborn health can be attributed to a multitude of factors, including political will, the quality of the health systems infrastructure, availability of a skilled workforce, and numerous environmental conditions. Addressing these factors and implementing solutions undoubtedly requires funding.

This report is intended to acknowledge and highlight the vital role that both philanthropy and organizations play in shaping the future of maternal and newborn health, as well as to provide insight as to how the funding landscape can be more efficient and impactful for all stakeholders.