Canada Expected to Show Stronger Leadership in Maternal Health Aid

An anti-poverty group urged Canada to take on a leadership role in addressing the maternal health issues of poor countries and increase development assistance to meet targets.

The call was made by Make Poverty History as Canada prepares to host the G-20 Summit in Ontario this month, The Star reports.

The organization stressed that Canada must take the lead in convincing G-8 countries to commit to USD30 billion in aid over five years for the improvement maternal health services.

The group also advocated for an overall increase in foreign aid. It noted that rich nations, including Canada, were not able to live up to their commitments, falling USD18 billion short of their pledges.

Canada’s official aid allocation is only 0.30 percent of its gross national income, significantly less than the pledged 0.7 percent. It now ranks 14th out of 23 developed countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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