Facts about maternal, newborn and child health

Improving the health of mothers, newborns and children around the world is Canada’s top development priority. As part of a global community, Canada is delivering on the promise to support global efforts to end the preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children younger than age five. Between 1990 and 2013, the number of women who died each year during pregnancy or childbirth decreased from 523,000 to 289,000, and the number of children younger than age five who died each year decreased from 12.7 million to 6.3 million.

But there is more work to be done. That is why Canada committed an additional $3.5 billion to maternal, newborn and child health from 2015 to 2020.

Canada is playing a leadership role: mobilizing the world community to achieve the goal of improving women’s and children’s health in developing countries.

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