Canada Unveils New Maternal, Child Health Schemes

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who co-chairs the U.N. Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health, ahead of the commission's first meeting on Jan. 26 in Geneva. Photo by: Eskinder Debebe / United Nations

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday (Jan. 26) announced new maternal and child health projects in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

The projects form part of the Canadian contribution to G-8’s USD5 billion maternal and child health initiative, which was forged in the group’s June 2010 meeting in Muskoka, Canada.

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Canada will help to boost the nutrition and health of 3 million pregnant and nursing women, and their children in Ethiopia, while it will provide AIDS treatment to women and children in Mozambique. In Bangladesh, Canada will purchase drugs and equipment, and train health workers to improve the Asian nation’s maternal and neonatal health services.

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