June 09, 2010 15:56 ET

Minister Oda Concludes Successful Participation at Women Deliver Conference in Washington

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2010) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, participated in the Women Deliver Conference in Washington and discussed the Canadian G8 initiative to improve maternal and child health in developing countries before the full conference delegation.

"I am pleased that Canada's leadership on maternal, newborn, and child health was so strongly supported by the full range of delegates," said Minister Oda. "Canada has always recognized that supporting women in developing countries is investing in stronger and more stable families and communities. Women are the drivers behind effective development."

The conference brought together more than 3,500 leaders, experts, policy makers and young people from 140 countries in Washington, DC from June 7-9. Participants focused on developing political, economic, social and technological solutions to help reduce the death rates of women in the developing world. CIDA helped sponsor a number of developing countries' representatives to attend the conference in an effort to bring their first-hand perspective to the discussions.

According to the World Health Organization, every year between 350,000 to 500,000 do not survive pregnancy or childbirth and nine million children die before their fifth birthday. As this year's G8 president, Canada is championing a major initiative to improve maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries that is gaining increasing support.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Jessica Fletcher
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office