Canada pledges additional $3.5 billion for maternal, child health

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Canada has pledged an additional $3.5 billion for maternal and childhood mortality, once again proving its strong commitment to the cause.

That's according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who is in Toronto for a high-level summit on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health that ends on Friday.

The new funding is part of the Muskoka Initiative, led by Canada and comprised of eight industrialized nations or G8, that aim to address the significant gaps that exist in maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries.

Mr Ban Ki-moon shared his own personal story to highlight the importance of the ending these deaths.

"I should have been the third child. I had an elder sister and an elder brother according to my mother. But unfortunately, they died soon after my birth. Of course I was never able to meet them, I have no memory at all. Now having become Secretary-General campaigning for Every Woman, Every Child, I realized that this is what people say child mortality [is]. This is what I have experienced, my parents have already experienced."

In June 2010, the Muskoka Initiative committed $7.3 billion to mobilize global action in the world's poorest countries.

Canada alone contributed $2.8 billion from 2010 to 2015.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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