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Canada to Host Summit on Saving the Lives of Vulnerable Women and Children

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada will host a high-level Summit on maternal, newborn and child health from May 28-30, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario.

The Summit – which builds on Canada’s leadership in maternal, newborn and child health – will bring together Canadian stakeholders and experts, as well as global leaders from developed and developing countries, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, and foundations to take stock of the progress made to date and discuss the way forward.

The Summit will provide Canadian experts and global leaders with the opportunity to build consensus on the focus of future international efforts in maternal, newborn and child health. Specifically, it will focus on the critical issues of strengthening health systems and building civil registration and vital statistics systems; reducing the burden of disease on developing countries; scaling up nutrition as a foundation for healthy lives; and building new partnerships with the private sector to leverage innovation and financing.

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