PM demonstrates continued global leadership on improving maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced Canadian support for nine projects that will help improve the health of women and children in developing countries. The announcement was made at a United Nations event entitled Women’s and Children’s Health: The Unfinished Agenda of the Millennium Development Goals, which the Prime Minister co-hosted with Jakaya Kikwete, President of the Republic of Tanzania. The event was supported by the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The event was organized in support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child Initiative, which addresses the major health challenges facing women and children around the world. The goal of this initiative is to save 16 million lives by 2015. 

“The world is making significant progress in improving the health of women and children in developing countries, and reducing the unacceptable mortality rates faced by these vulnerable populations,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Canada is at the forefront of these efforts, and I am proud that, through today’s support, more women and children will benefit from better nutrition, increased food security and access to important, life saving vaccines.”

The new support announced today will help improve access to health services, including immunizations, will reduce under-nutrition in vulnerable countries, and will help to ensure that results are measured and resources are delivered in the most effective way possible.

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