Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Women are the future - so invest in them!

And that comes straight from the UN top dog Ban ki-Moon.  The Secretary General thinks that investing our money in the health and welfare of women and children is imperative for our futures. He is calling on all governments to make this happen by 2015.

What does this mean? Relatively simple practices and technologies save lives, he said. Blood tests, consultation with a doctor and qualified help at the birth, basic antibiotics, blood transfusions and a safe operating room can almost eliminate the risk of death.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $1.5 billion over five years to support maternal and child health projects such as family planning, nutrition and health care for pregnant women, newborns and children in India, Ethiopia and other countries. 

The topic will also be discussed at the forthcoming G8 Summit, where Prime Minister Harper has said there will be a focus on global maternal and reproductive health.

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