Suzanna Dennis and Clive Mutunga

2010 is a pivotal time to build financial support for international reproductive health, including family planning and maternal health. Despite a global financial crisis, donors are mobilizing around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially around neglected MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health. There is a growing sense of urgency in the global public health community to prioritize the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD POA) goal and MDG Target 5B of universal access to reproductive health, as well as MDG 5 as a whole, since progress has been lagging and the goal year of 2015 is looming for both.