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June 2, 2014

SickKids welcomes unprecedented Canadian contribution to global maternal, newborn and child health

Toronto was in the global spotlight May 28-30 as international leaders and experts convened to discuss and develop strategies for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) at the Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arms Reach Summit hosted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The prime minister also announced that Canada will contribute $3.5 billion in MNCH funding from 2015 to 2020.

Global Child Health
Two ministers of health, including Hon. Rona Ambrose for Canada (in red) and Dr. Alexandre Jaime Manguele for Mozambique (2nd from right), and (between them) Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme, visit SickKids lab during the international summit, Saving Every Woman Every Child: Within Arms Reach, May 28-30.

“SickKids applauds the announcement, which will benefit babies, children and mothers around the world,” said Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, Chief of SickKids Centre for Global Child Health. “I thank the Canadian government for this incredible and generous support for maternal, newborn and child health.”

With the support of global leaders, including President Jakaya Kiwete, President of the Republic of Tanzania, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, His Highness the Aga Khan, Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization, and Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada called on global partners to end all preventable maternal and child deaths.

Several SickKids physicians and researchers attended the Summit, with Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Co-Director, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, presenting on the nutrition panel chaired by Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). SickKids innovator Dr. Diego Bassani was also invited to showcase his Grand Challenges Canada-supported innovation – a low-cost fetal heart monitor, powered by human energy – to Ban Ki-Moon and Chan.

Ahead of the Summit opening May 28, the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health played host to Cousin, the Hon. Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health for Canada, and Dr. Alexandre Manguele, Minister of Health, Mozambique. Following a reception with Dr. Mike Apkon, SickKids CEO and President, and staff from the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and Research Institute, Ambrose announced $98 million CAD in funding to WFP for its global nutrition programs.