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Save the Children Canada

August 20, 2010 08:30 ET

Minister Oda to Visit Save the Children Child Health Program in Mozambique

MONAPO DISTRICT, MOZAMBIQUE--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2010) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation today visits a child health program in the community of Jardim in the district of Monapo. The Community Case Management (CCM) project run by Save the Children trains Community Health Workers (CHWs) to diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses like malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea. 

Mozambique has seen a steady decrease in the number of deaths among children under five. Even with this decline, far too many children (130 per 1000 births in 2008) continue to die of preventable illnesses before their fifth birthday, which is why Save the Children is expanding our efforts to ensure that progress is accelerated.

In June, the Canadian government announced a $1.1 billion commitment to maternal and child health as part of the G8 Muskoka Initiative. The Muskoka Initiative represents an important step in the global effort to dramatically reduce maternal and child mortality around the world and particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Save the Children's program, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency along with other partners, delivers lifesaving treatments for childhood illnesses to families living in remote communities that lack access to health facilities.These interventions help to reduce the toll of illness, malnutrition and death caused by frequent infections and poor, delayed or lack of treatment. The program fills a critical gap in providing access to health services and builds close partnerships with the Mozambican Ministry of Health, as well as other agencies to maximize impact and efficiencies.

"We are very pleased that Minister Oda will be visiting our program in the Monapo District," said David Morley, President and CEO, Save the Children Canada. "The Minister will have the opportunity to meet Leonora, a recently trained Community Health Worker, as well as a group of Mozambican mothers who will share with the Minister the difficulties they experience getting health care for their children."

"Women work long hours in the fields in addition to caring for their homes and families. Many live very far from a health facility. With community health workers closer by, mothers can have their children examined and treated early for the most common killers, before the child gets sicker and possibly dies," said Salvador Baldizon, Save the Children's Interim Provincial Manager. "Mothers are taught how to use bed-nets to prevent malaria, and about good nutrition that can protect children from common diseases".

Save the Children has been working in Mozambique for 20 years. Thanks to the support of CIDA and the Canadian people, Save the Children along with our partners, other non-governmental organizations and the Mozambique government have begun to close the health gap. The Muskoka Initiative and the renewed focus on maternal and child health that it has initiated will help save thousands of lives, not only in Mozambique, but in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.

Contact Information

  • For more information, or to set up an interview with a
    Health Technical Advisor either in Mozambique or Canada,
    please contact: Save the Children
    Cicely McWilliam
    Direct line: 416-218-1888 cell: 647-291-1683
    cmcwilliam@savethechildren.ca