Canada pledges $36 million to support Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) research
On the margins of the 67th Session of the World Health Assembly, and just days before the opening of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Summit taking place in Toronto, Canada on 28-30 May, the Permanent Missions of Canada and Cameroon, with support from Save the Children, World Vision, PATH, PMNCH, and the Permanent Mission of the United States, co-hosted an event focussing on improving maternal and newborn health and the importance of working with local communities to achieve this goal.
H.E. Ms. Elissa Golberg, Ambassador and Permanent Representative opened the meeting, with a key note address by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Canada's Minister of Health, who announced $36 million in Canadian support for innovations research on maternal, newborn and child health in 9 Sub-Saharan African countries, underscoring that MNCH is the number one development priority for Canada.
The event featured a panel discussion with Health Ministers from Afghanistan and Cameroon, as well as senior health officials from India, USAID, Save the Children and World Vision. Evidence and country examples were shared among over 50 expert participants, demonstrating how tremendous progress has been made in the last ten years to tackle newborn and maternal mortality and improve health outcomes.
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