Nonprofits Pledge Funding for Maternal, Child Health

An Afghan mother and her child await medical treatment from the Italian armed forces staff at Camp Arena, in Afghanistan. Photo by: International Security Assistance Force / CC BY International Security Assistance ForceCC BY

Humanitarian agency CARE will invest USD1.8 billion over the next five years in programs to improve maternal, newborn and child health.

The organization will inject cash to help make strides on the Millennium Development Goal on reducing child and maternal mortality by 2015. It urged world leaders to make new commitments to achieve the eight development goals in this week’s MDG summit in New York.

“Every year, hundreds of thousands of women around the world die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth - that’s one woman dying nearly every minute of every day,” said Robert Glasser, secretary general at CARE International, in a press release published in the Charities Aid Foundation’s website.

Meanwhile, the U.N. Foundation, a public charity, is committiing USD400 million to help promote maternal and child health and education among adolescent girls.

The commitment, unveiled at the start of the MDG summit, will target childhood immunizations, malaria prevention, improved health for adolescent girls, access to reproductive health supplies and services, clean cooking solutions, and up-to-date mobile technologies for improved health care.

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