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Canadian PM Harper, Gates Meet To Renew Call For Improved Global MNCH Through Additional Funding, Immunizations

CBC News: Bill Gates, Stephen Harper look to next steps for maternal health
“The next steps in improving the health of women and children around the world will involve improved data collection and vital statistics, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday. Harper spent part of his day discussing the issue with American billionaire Bill Gates, whose foundation works to improve health and eliminate poverty in the developing world…” (Payton, 2/25).

Canadian Press/Huffington Post Canada: Stephen Harper Urges Parents To Vaccinate At Event With Bill Gates
“Stephen Harper castigated Canadians who refuse to vaccinate their kids as he announced $22.5 million in additional funding for inoculation programs in some of the world’s poorest countries. … Harper also announced up to $20 million over five years to support research into improving the delivery of health care for mothers, newborns, and children in 13 sub-Saharan African countries” (2/25).

Prime Minister of Canada: PM Harper and Bill Gates renew call to advance global Maternal, Newborn, and Child health priority
“…While tremendous progress has been made to save the lives of the world’s most vulnerable citizens — women and children — much work remains to be done. To this end, the Prime Minister and Mr. Gates together renewed the call for focused global political leadership and sustained financial commitments to ensure that MNCH remains a central development priority as the world moves beyond 2015…” (2/25).