Global Leaders Celebrate Innovation in Reproductive Health Funding, Policies and Services

Women Deliver

2012 has been a breakthrough year for reproductive health. On 22 May, 2012, the Honourable Joy Phumaphi, former Minister of Health Botswana, presented the 2012 Resolve Award to government representatives from four countries who have embodied these gains: Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal, and Rwanda.

The Award recognizes the enormous progress each has made towards making family planning and reproductive health services accessible to all of their citizens, mobilizing a growing global consensus which—after decades of neglect—is finally placing women's empowerment at the heart of the development agenda.  It is named for the resolve shown by those country's leaders in finding innovative solutions to address access to family planning despite limited resources and other challenges.