Beverly Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced Canada’s newest commitment to improve health in mothers and children in developing countries.
The minister announced that Canada will provide $1.1 billion in new funding over five years that will support the G-8 Muskoka Initiative, adding to the existing $1.75 billion in Canadian funding.
The biggest challenge in global health is not knowing how to treat and prevent diseases, according to Oda, because for the most part, Canada knows how to deal with them.
“The biggest challenge, especially in developing countries, is when we know what to do while millions are still dying needlessly,” said Oda.
Under the initiative, Canada will follow three main paths: strengthening health systems, addressing diseases and illnesses, and improving nutrition.
Oda also announced further Canadian support to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, building on Canada's ongoing commitment to eradicate the disease in Afghanistan.