Every day over 800 women around the world die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth — 99% of them live in developing countries. Worse, every day 15,000 children under the age of 5 die from preventable illnesses, malnutrition and poor sanitation.
This is 2018. All mothers and children deserve equal opportunity to live healthy lives. And when we invest in their well-being, we help create the conditions needed to end extreme poverty. While much progress has been made in recent decades to improve maternal and child health, world leaders must expand their commitment if we are to achieve the global goals of vastly reducing maternal mortality rates and ending preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 by 2030.
Canada is a global leader in promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality, and has been a key supporter of maternal and child health. It’s also a founding partner of the Global Financing Facility (GFF), an innovative financing platform designed to improve the health of every woman and every child.
But Canada’s funding for key health initiatives in developing countries is soon running out, including its support for the GFF, which is seeking $2 billion to help women, children and adolescents in 50 countries over the next 5 years. With Vancouver set to host the international Women Deliver Conference in 2019, we are calling on Canada to continue its global leadership on women and children’s health by funding the GFF.