“Saving the lives of mothers and children is not only a moral imperative, it is also the foundation for building prosperous communities for this generation and the next,” says Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“With Canadian leadership and the help of partners in Canada and around the world, we can achieve this goal and ensure that all women, newborns, and children can live healthy and productive lives.”
This month Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada will host a high-level summit on maternal, newborn and child health from May 28th to 30th, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario.
The summit will assemble Canadian stakeholders and experts, as well as global leaders from developed and developing countries, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and foundations to evaluate the progress made to date and discuss how to proceed forward. It will focus on the critical issues of strengthening health systems and building civil registration and vital statistical systems; reducing the burden of disease on developing countries; scaling up nutrition as a foundation for healthy lives; and building new partnerships with the private sector to leverage innovation and financing.
Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership, the G-8 launched the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health with the intention of saving lives in developing countries. G-8 and Non-G-8 partners committed a total of $7.3 billion dollars (U.S.) over five years from 2010 to 2015. The World Health Organization and World Bank estimate that the funds leveraged by this initiative will save the lives of 1.3 million children and 64,000 mothers.
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ü Women and children in developing countries are significantly more likely to die from simple, preventable causes due to a lack of proven, affordable and cost-effective solutions.
ü The number of women who die each year during pregnancy or childbirth has dropped significantly – from 543,000 deaths in 1990 to 287,000 in 2011.
ü The number of child deaths under the age of five has also dropped substantially – from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012.
ü Canada is providing $2.85 billion dollars to improve the health and save the lives of women and children in developing countries.
“We’ve seen great progress in saving the lives of children and mothers through the efforts of the Muskoka Initiative and Canada’s global leadership on the WHO Accountability Commission,” said Dave Toycen, President and CEO of World Vision.
The Canadian Red Cross, with the support from the Government of Canada, invested more than $70 million dollars towards saving lives and improving health outcomes for mothers and children in 21 developing countries.
After the earthquake in Haiti, the Canadian Red Cross implemented a $35 million dollar health program to help improve access to health services for mothers, newborns and children by reconstructing the healthcare system of Haiti’s Southeast department and maximizing long-term benefits for the most vulnerable groups.