Conference Outlines Ways To Improve Maternal, Newborn, Child Health

Huffington Post: How to Save Women and Children
Stephen Cornish, executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Canada

“…The organizers and participants of last week’s conference [in Canada titled ‘Saving Every Woman Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach’] are to be commended for seeking concrete steps to improve maternal, newborn, and child health and save lives. Proven models exist — for young children, combining nutrition with basic health care; for mothers, providing skilled birth attendants along with key medicines and proper hygiene; and for newborns, better training for health care workers in managing the main causes of newborn deaths. These models need to be implemented — and sustained — on a broad scale. To support children as they grow into adulthood, it’s essential that we make lifesaving vaccines affordable for families in poor and middle-income countries [all over] the world. Only then will the world’s generosity truly be in line with its objectives” (6/6).