Dutch Cabinet prioritizes primary health care, SRHR over ACT-A contributions

In a letter to Parliament, the Dutch cabinet addressed the Committee on Foreign Affairs, covering the Netherlands' forthcoming Global Health Strategy and Dutch ACT-A contributions in 2022.

The letter came in response to Committee questions to the cabinet. The Labour Party emphasized the importance of contributing the Netherlands' assigned fair share to the WHO's Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), of which the Netherlands has contributed only 20% so far.

The cabinet noted in its letter, however, that for every COVID-19 death, there are two deaths from interrupted care in childbirth or pregnancy. Therefore, the Netherlands will continue to focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and primary health care, being the seventh-largest donor in the field, making it impossible to fully meet the financial requirements of the ACT-A. The spring budget will be published on June 1, 2022, containing any applicable revisions and additions to the original development budget presented in September of 2021. 

Press Release - Dutch Parliament (in Dutch)