On the final day of 2010 the UK Department for International Development launched its strategies for enhancing maternal health and controlling malaria. Together, these seek to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and children in the poorest countries of the world.
The maternal and newborn health strategy, Choices for women outlines two strategic priorities for maternal health – preventing unintended pregnancies and ensuring that pregnancy and childbirth are safe. Choices for women aims to save the lives of at least 50,000 women during pregnancy and childbirth and 250,000 new born babies by 2015. Measures in the paper will also mean that at least 10 million more women are able to use modern methods of family planning, 5 million unintended pregnancies are prevented and at least 2 million safe deliveries. This drive builds on the G8’s commitment following their 2010 meeting in Muskoka Canada, where leaders promised to accelerate efforts to address maternal and child health. Continue reading
Posted in Child Survival, Department for International Development, Global Health, Women
Tagged Breaking the cycle, business plan, Child health, Choices for women, DFID, Malaria, Maternal health, MNCH
The main highlight of this year’s overall disappointing (see our recent post) G8 summit in Canada was the announcement of an initiative to cut the number of women and children dying in pregnancy and childbirth in the world’s poorest countries.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced earlier this year that the focus of the G8 in 2010 would be maternal and child health. This was welcomed by the development community because the Millennium Development Goal targets relating to maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) are among the least likely to be achieved. Continue reading
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Tagged AIDS, Canada, Child health, Chris Dendys, G8, Global Fund, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, Maternal health, MDGs, MNCH, Muskoka Initiative, Stephen Harper, Stephen O'Brien, TB