Canada's Maternal, Child Health Investments to Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

Mothers and their infant children residing in Mwandama Millennium Village in Malawi. Canada targets spending 80 percent of its planned 1.1 billion Canadian dollars ((USD1.08 billion) maternal anc child health funding in sub-Saharan Africa. Photo by: Evan Schneider / United Nations

Approximately 80 percent of the 1.1 billion Canadian dollars (USD1.08 billion) worth of fresh funding that Canada has committed to invest in global maternal, newborn and child health projects will be spent in sub-Saharan Africa.

Canada will also allocate funding to improve maternal and child health in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Haiti, according to a news release from the Canadian International Development Agency.

The funding, which the country pledged to provide over the next five years, will be invested in three focus areas, namely strengthening health systems, improving nutrition and addressed the leading diseases and illnesses that cause mother and child mortality.

In a speech before the Canadian Conference on Global Health, Canadian Minister of International Cooperation Beverly Oda outlined several initiatives that the government will support over the next five years.

“CIDA is proud to support the work of the Canada-based Micronutrient Initiative in providing essential nutritional supplements, such as salt iodization and vitamin A supplements, which are saving lives and ensuring children get the chance to reach their full potentia,” Oda noted, for instance.

She added that Canada will expand its support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, particularly for its programs in Afghanistan. The  country will also help provide training and improve polio surveillance and immunization in countries where the disease exists.

“These initiatives and others announced today will contribute to Canada’s Muskoka Initiative on maternal, newborn and child health,” Oda said.

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