PM pledges $3.5B to maternal and newborn health

Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a speech during the Maternal Health Summit in Toronto,...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a speech during the Maternal Health Summit in Toronto, Thursday, May 29, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:14 PM ET

TORONTO - Canada has pledged $3.5 billion for programs aimed at improving maternal and newborn health in developing countries, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday.

The funding promise was made on the second of a three-day international conference on the subject and is a continuation of funds previously committed as part of the Millenium Development Goals - a pact among eight developed countries to tackle global challenges including access to clean drinking water, combating HIV/AIDS, as well as high numbers of preventable deaths among women and children.


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