G8 highlights child health with the launch of new initiative

World leaders have met at the G8 summit in Canada to discuss global economic issues. UNICEF has expressed a cautious welcome for the summit statement, released on on 26 June, including the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

“UNICEF welcomes the commitment by G8 countries to accelerate efforts to improve maternal and child health by endorsing the Muskoka Initiative launched today at the G8 Summit in Canada” UNICEF’s Executive Director Tony Lake said.

“Despite significant success over the last 20 years in reducing the number of children under five who die from preventable causes, far too many newborns and their mothers are still dying every day. It is unacceptable that in some of the world’s most disadvantaged places, maternal and neonatal mortality rates may even be increasing.”

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