Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced new Canadian support for the World Health Organization (WHO) aimed at helping to ensure that global resources being allocated to improve the health of at risk mothers, newborns and children in developing countries will yield maximum benefits. The Prime Minister made the commitment in New York City while attending a UN Secretary-General-led event entitled Every Woman Every Child.
“Since last year’s G-8 Summit in Canada, there has been remarkable global momentum to address the health needs of mothers, newborns and children in developing countries,” said the Prime Minister. “The international community must now work together to ensure that the resources that have been promised are delivered in a manner that maximizes results, accountability and transparency.”
Canada’s contribution to the WHO will help support the work of the independent Expert Review Group which has been established to monitor progress on the goals of the UN Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.
Support will also help donor and developing countries to immediately begin implementing recommendations made by the UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women and Children’s Health, which Prime Minister Harper co-chaired. These recommendations will help developing countries strengthen their health information systems, which will improve monitoring, tracking and reporting on maternal, newborn and child health resources and results.