In an attempt to improve maternal, newborn and child health in Bangladesh, the Conservative government Tuesday (Aug. 26) reaffirmed its support to the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.
Mississauga East-Cooksville MP Wladyslaw Lizon Tuesday morning hosted a parliamentary level meeting in Mississauga where Canada confirmed it will continue its commitment to improving lives in developing countries.
Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament for London North Centre, announced Canada’s support to research in Bangladesh on behalf of Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development.
“Canada is making a difference in improving the lives of women and children in the developing world,” said Truppe. “Canada’s contribution to the (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) is helping to provide the essential health services these vulnerable populations need and will also contribute to developing policies and practices to address the significant health challenges in Bangladesh and many other developing countries.”
The Diarrhoeal disease research centre is a health institute located in Dhaka, Bangladesh, providing free, high-quality health care for more than 246,000 poor people a year, including maternal and child health services and treatment for diarrheal and other diseases.
Canada has already announced a $20 million grant over five years (2012–2017) in institutional support to the research centre to help improve the delivery of high-quality health services and related groundbreaking research that will have a direct impact on the lives of poor women and children.
Tuesday’s meeting was part of the consultations being held from coast-to-coast-to-coast that were announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach summit, which took place in Toronto on May 28-30.
“These consultations demonstrate Canada’s commitment to collaborate with all partners, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society to deliver tangible results for vulnerable mothers and children in the developing world.”
Bangladesh is a country of focus for Canada’s international development efforts. The objective of Canada’s international development program in Bangladesh is to create opportunities for children and youth and to stimulate sustainable economic growth.
Solid international progress is being made to address maternal, newborn and child health. The number of women who die each year during pregnancy or childbirth has dropped substantially – from 523,000 deaths in 1990 to 289,000 in 2013.
The global number of deaths of children under the age of five has also dropped significantly, from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012.