November 20, 2009 14:21 ET

CIDA Child Strategy Announcement Could Save Millions of Lives

National Grassroots Organization says strategy must be matched by concrete funding commitments and child survival and maternal health should be signature G8 theme

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2009) - Canada's announcement today by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is a positive step that could save the lives of millions of children in the developing world according to RESULTS Canada, a grassroots citizens advocacy organization dedicated to creating the political will to end poverty.

"8.8 million children die each year" said RESULTS Canada Executive Director Chris Dendys. "They succumb mainly to illness and disease that can be easily treated and prevented. This new thematic focus and strategy on children, their mothers and youth has the potential to have tremendous impact in the developing world."

"Today's announcement, which comes on Universal Child Day, is an important step in positioning Canada as a global leader in child survival and maternal health," said Dendys.

RESULTS Canada's network of grassroots volunteers have long advocated for aid that prioritizes cost-effective proven interventions that allow us to measure progress in terms of lives saved. This strategy, with its focus on initiatives like immunization, nutrition, tuberculosis, sanitation and hygiene promotion, which are some of the most cost-effective interventions in the world, succeeds in this and also positions Canada to be an emerging global leader for children.

Another significant component of the announcement is the importance placed on maternal health. The survival and health of children is intrinsically linked to their mothers. Sadly, 500 000 women perish each year during pregnancy or childbirth.

In the year ahead, Canada can build on this strategy, solidify our position as a global leader in these areas, and encourage other world leaders to follow by making progress on child and maternal health the signature development issue when we host the G8/G20 in 2010," said Dendys.

"Now we will be watching to ensure that the promise of this strategy and what is strives to achieve is matched by the concrete funding commitments that are key to progress."

RESULTS Canada is a national grassroots citizens advocacy organization committed to creating the political will to end extreme poverty and needless suffering and to ensuring that individual citizens can make a difference.

Contact Information

  • Chris Dendys
    Executive Director Results Canada