In April 2010 G8 development ministers met in Canada, to put together a global plan to improve maternal and child health. Every year more than 300,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth; 3.6 million children die within their first month of life and 5.2 million more die before they reach 5 years of age.
Earlier this week G8 development ministers met for a crucial round of planning and negotiations on a maternal and child health initiative they will announce this summer at the G8 summit in Muskoka, Canada. At the top of the agenda: how to best address the global problem of 8 million plus children around the world still dying before their fifth birthday.
At the close out of the meeting, the G8 released a joint statement recognising maternal and under-five health as a ‘top priority’ along with a statement of principles which should guide the final product. ONE will continue working with decision makers across the G8 in the lead up to the summit to ensure that the specifics of the initiative reflect our priorities.