Call on Canada to Increase Funding for the Health and Rights of Women and Children

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Canada’s funding for women and children’s health around the world is running out and we need your voice to protect it!

This funding provides vital care for mothers and newborns, nutrition and life-saving vaccines for children, as well as support for sexual and reproductive health of women and girls. That's why we need your help to make sure that Prime Minister Trudeau and Development Minister Monsef hear us LOUD AND CLEAR.

ONE has joined its friends at CanWaCH and Global Citizen who have been working tirelessly with over 40 Canadian organizations to promote a bold new plan called Thrive. Thrive calls for long-term, sustainable funding and includes support for a number of global health initiatives including The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

This is an opportunity for ONE members to join forces with over 33,500 Global Citizens who have already signed the petition. Will you join them?

I believe in a world where every woman and child survives and thrives. But despite major progress in global health in recent decades, nearly five million mothers and children die each year from preventable causes and 214 million women who want to avoid pregnancy can’t access modern contraception and family planning services.

Today, the connection between maternal, newborn and child health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and extreme poverty has never been clearer.

I’m proud of Canada’s global leadership in recent decades — across both Conservative and Liberal governments — in advancing progress on women’s and children’s health, nutrition, rights and empowerment. Now, in the year of Women Deliver, I want to see Canada invest in an integrated approach that ensures every woman and child can access the full range of services they need to survive and thrive.

I call on Canada to renew its global health funding for women and children plus an additional $400 million CAD per year over 10 years through to 2030. This should include support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the Global Financing Facility for women’s and children’s health, nutrition and rights; UNFPA Supplies, a leading agency dedicated to expanding access to reproductive health and family planning services; the Global Polio Eradication Initiative; and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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