UN strategy for maternal health

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On 22 September 2010, the day of the closure of the UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals, Ban Ki-moon announced the launch of a “global strategy for women’s and children’s health” which is to be allocated almost 40 billion dollars (or 29.9 billion Euros) over the next five years. The main donors are the United States, Great Britain, Australia and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: they have given themselves the objective of “giving 100 million women access to ‘modern family planning methods’ between now and 2015”. Several companies, NGOs and institutions of cooperation will be implicated in this programme.

With this measure the UN wants to permit a reduction in maternal and infant mortality, the two millennium goals that have been the most neglected up to now. It hopes that this programme “will allow us to save more than 15 million children under 5 between 2011 and 2015, to avoid 33 million unwanted pregnancies and to prevent 740 000 women from dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications”.

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