The Maternal Heath Thematic Fund Annual Report 2008 analyzes the needs of priority countries for improved delivery outcomes and outlines the strategy for moving forward. It includes summaries of needs assessments from 11 countries selected for support, including: Bénin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Madagascar, Malawi and Sudan. Both fertility and maternal mortality are very high in all of these countries.
The Maternal Health Thematic Fund was launched by UNFPA in 2008 to help key countries improve maternal and newborn health by identifying and addressing obstacles to progress in national systems. The fund supports approaches that are country-owned and country-driven.