Of the $32.1 billion total pledged to date, almost 60 per cent or $18.9 billion in domestic funding is being committed by low and middle-income countries in response to PMNCH's Call to Action, including Burkina Faso, India, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia.
The immediate priority of the Government and society should be to prevent tragedies of the Lakhimpur kind. This is indeed a tall order because our society has become completely communalised and politicised. Elections to Panchayats, Zilla Parishads, Local Bodies, State Assemblies and Parliament keep the political cauldron boiling at all times. Completing all elections within a window of one month, every five years, would leave the rest of the time free for governance and would also bring down the political temperature.