Today, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has confirmed that maternal and child health will be G8 priorities in 2010.
Writing in the Toronto Star, Harper stated that:
As president of the G8 in 2010, Canada will champion a major initiative to improve the health of women and children in the world’s poorest regions. Members of the G8 can make a tangible difference in maternal and child health and Canada will be making this the top priority in June. Far too many lives and unexplored futures have already been lost for want of relatively simple health-care solutions.
As part of this G8 initiative, Canada will look to mobilise G8 governments, NGOs and private foundations around a common global plan for improving maternal and child health.
Last week, Christina Dendys, Executive Director of RESULTS Canada, joined with other major aid organisations to call on the Canadian government to expand the Catalytic Initiative to cover a larger package of basic, high-impact interventions which could save the lives of over 60 per cent of the 8.8 million children who die annually from preventable causes.
RESULTS UK is supporting our Canadian colleagues by calling on Stephen Harper to ensure that sanitation and hygiene are properly prioritised within this maternal and child health agenda at the G8 summit – see our earlier blog post for some of the correspondence that has already been sent to Mr Harper by British school pupils.