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UN Foundation Commits $400 Million to Support Maternal, Child Health

September 21, 2010


UN Foundation Commits $400 Million to Support Maternal, Child Health

September 21, 2010

The United Nations Foundation has announced a $400 million commitment to improve the health of women and children around the world as part of a growing consensus that doing so is the best way to achieve all of the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Announced at the start of the MDG Review Summit taking place this week in New York City, the commitment will support UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki moon's global strategy on women's and children's health, to be unveiled on Wednesday. Together with UN agencies and new and existing partner organizations, the UN Foundation will seek to address key global health priorities, including childhood immunizations, malaria prevention, improved health for adolescent girls, access to reproductive health supplies and services, clean cooking solutions, and up-to-date mobile technologies for improved health care.

The commitment includes a partnership with the Shell Foundation that will see the UN Foundation work to raise as much as $100 million over five years to provide clean-burning cooking stoves to women and families around the world, Bloomberg reports. To that end, the two foundations will seek cooperation and funding from other corporate, government, philanthropic, and academic entities to combat what many have identified as a significant danger to women's health in the developing world. Indeed, smoke from poorly ventilated cookstoves contributes to the early deaths of more than two million people a year.

"Investing in women's and children's health is one of the best ways to advance all of the Millennium Development Goals and has always been a priority for the foundation," said UN Foundation president Timothy E. Wirth. "It is unacceptable that more than 350,000 women die every year as a result of complications during pregnancy. The world can stop this from happening. We all have the tools and the resources to make a difference, and we must accelerate our collective efforts."

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