April 7, 2012
No matter where we live, ensuring optimal health for our parents, children, and ourselves, is a concern that touches everyone.
In developing countries, good health is an important aspect of achieving sustainable development results. Canada helps improve the health of people around the world.
Over the years, Canada expanded treatment of tuberculosis to four million people, reduced measles by 75 percent, and provided Vitamin A to two million children. In 2010, Canada moved to improve the health of the world's most vulnerable people: mothers, newborns, and children. We led the world by establishing the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. With this commitment, Canada and other G8 countries aim to prevent 64,000 maternal deaths and 1.3 million deaths of children under five. This will give children the head start they need to help build a better future for their countries.
World Health Day is an opportunity for us to reflect on the importance of helping men and women in developing countries to lead healthy, productive lives. Without good health, we cannot help developing countries help themselves.
Beverley J. Oda
Minister of International Cooperation