US$25bn effort launched to prevent deaths of women, young people

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At a health facility in Ségou, central Mali, a mother and her child are examined for signs of malnutrition. Photo: OCHA/D. Dembele

A multi-billion dollar global health effort has been launched as part of the adoption of the new global development goals.

The UN Secretary-General has announced that partners have made initial commitments of more than $25 billion dollars for the "Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health".

Veronica Reeves has the story.

On the heels of the adoption of the new global goals, the UN Secretary-General announced the launch of the massive health campaign, which is designed to stop the preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents.

International organizations, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders all pledged their support for the Global Strategy on health, which will address specific targets laid out in the new sustainable development framework.

In describing the Global Strategy, the Secretary-General said it will offer a roadmap to end all preventable deaths of women and young people – and ensure that they not only survive, but also thrive, and transform the world.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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