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Pakistan Should Implement Strong Laws Preventing Child Marriage

The Guardian: Pakistan’s slow but steady progress on ending child marriage Mohammad Zia-ur-Rahman, founder and chief executive of the Awaz Foundation Pakistan “The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), one of Pakistan’s most influential religious and constitutional bodies, has announced that girls are ready for marriage the moment they reach puberty.…

Canada Pledges $3.5B To MCH Initiative; Melinda Gates, Others Speak At Summit

News outlets report on Canada’s renewed support for an international maternal and child health initiative, as well as speakers at the Saving Every Woman Every Child summit. Canadian Press/Hamilton Spectator: Gates backs Harper plan to help world’s poorest “One half of the world’s most powerful philanthropic couple praised Stephen Harper’s…

U.N. Welcomes First Africa-Wide Campaign To End Child Marriage

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agencies welcome African-led push to end child marriage “Two United Nations agencies today welcomed the first campaign by the African Union to end child marriage, a practice that robs over 17 million girls — one in three — across the continent of their youth…” (5/29).

Canada Should Continue Efforts To Reduce Preventable Maternal, Child Mortality

Globe and Mail: These women and children don’t have to die Rosemary McCarney, president and CEO of Plan Canada, and Dorothy Shaw, vice president of medical affairs at B.C. Women’s Hospital in Vancouver; both co-chairs of the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health “…Major progress has been made…

African Nations Must Work To End Child Marriage

Inter Press Service: Why Ending Child Marriage in Africa Can No Longer Wait Julitta Onabanjo, regional director of UNFPA East and Southern Africa Region; Benoit Kalasa, regional director of UNFPA West and Central Africa; and Mohamed Abdel-Ahad, regional director of UNFPA North Africa and Arab States “…Of the 41 countries…

Invest In Services For Mothers, Children To Prepare For Natural Disasters

Huffington Post: When Life Gets Tough, Moms Get Tougher Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children “…Whether in the United States or the Philippines, all mothers strive to ensure that their children are protected and healthy when a disaster strikes. Fortunately, our evidence shows that we can save…

Critics Express Frustration Over Canadian PM’s MCH Initiatives

News outlets report on criticism expressed over Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s maternal and child health initiatives, as the country prepares to host the Saving Every Woman Every Child summit. Canadian Press/Huffington Post Canada: Harper’s Maternal Health Pledge For Poor Countries Polarizes At Home “One polarizing question will hover over…

Canada Must Keep Commitment To MCH, Urge Other Nations To Step Up Donations

Toronto Star: Efforts to improve child and maternal health must reach the most vulnerable Dave Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision Canada “…Canadian funds committed through the Muskoka Initiative have proved that it’s possible to reach women … and their children, even in the most remote contexts. But those…

Supporting Immunization Programs Is ‘Proven Investment In Future Generations’

Huffington Post: Expanding Impact, Replenishing Hope Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…At the World Health Assembly, the world’s health ministers recognized four decades of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), and in Brussels the GAVI Alliance kicked off its ambitious plan for…

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