25 June 2010
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that following the Muskoka Summit, the total Canadian contribution for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health will be $2.85 billion over five years. In addition to $1.1 billion in new money, the Government will also renew existing funding of $1.75 billion over the next five years, for what will be a permanent and long-term commitment.
"I am very pleased to announce Canada’s contribution to this critical initiative. Our contribution will make significant, tangible differences in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people," said the Prime Minister. "Canada led the way in mobilizing support among G-8 and non-G-8 leaders, key donors and private foundations for this initiative to reduce the mortality rates of mothers and their children. We have been successful."
Accountability for results will be an integral part of Canada’s contribution to the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Initiative. We will design a rigorous accountability framework to measure our progress, track results and ensure that Canadians’ aid dollars are used effectively to contribute to a sustainable reduction in maternal and child mortality.