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Minister Oda announces support to Johns Hopkins University to improve reporting of reduced child mortality in Africa

November 21, 2011

OTTAWA—The Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, is supporting phase two of the Johns Hopkins' Real-Time Results Tracking project, which will allow CIDA to track the results of its child health interventions in real time and adjust its programming to maximize the number of child lives saved.

Through this project, Johns Hopkins will test the tracking methods it developed in the first phase of its project to measure changes in child mortality in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, and Niger.

"Our government knows that Canadians want to make a difference for those in need around the world and expect real results from Canada's international assistance. This project will help track child survival results from Canada's maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) investments," said Minister Oda. "We are proud to support new cutting-edge tools that will help accountability in development for Canadians and other donors and country partners."

Johns Hopkins will work with local partner organizations, such as national statistics institutions, to deliver this project and increase their capacity to more effectively measure changes in child mortality.

Once these methodologies have been tested and validated, Canada will seek opportunities to apply the most successful methodologies to its MNCH programming in a number of countries.

The total CIDA contribution is $8 million until 2014.

Funding for this project falls under Canada's overall commitment to MNCH, which totals $2.85 billion over five years (2010-2015). Since the launch of the Muskoka Initiative, Canada has taken decisive actions with its maternal, newborn and child health partners to achieve sustainable and meaningful results for mothers and children in developing countries. Since June 2010, Canada has announced more than $830 million in new projects in Africa, Asia, and the Americas in support of its Muskoka Initiative commitment of $1.1 billion in additional funding to improve the health outcomes for mothers and children in developing countries.

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For more information:

Justin Broekema
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
Tel. 819-953-6238
Email: justin.broekema@acdi-cida.gc.ca

Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
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