Adding this essential micronutrient supplement to their food gives Bolivian children the chance to develop normally.
While CIDA is focusing on 10 countries for its activities related to the Muskoka Initiative
, Canada is carrying out nutrition projects in other countries, such as Bolivia, where one child in three suffers from malnutrition.
CIDA is working in cooperation with the Government of Tanzania
to ensure all citizens have access to a working health centre within 10 kilometres from where they live, providing special support for the delivery of health care to children and pregnant women.
, the under-five mortality rate was 108 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2009.
One of the aims of the Muskoka Initiative
is to strengthen health systems by training more health professionals in prenatal and postpartum care, attended delivery, disease prevention and treatment, immunization, basic nutrition, and safe drinking water and sanitation services.
A health clinic at Camp Bete, in Ethiopia
. In 2009-2010, CIDA helped achieve significant results in Ethiopia, in particular, an increase in the immunization rate and in the number of births attended by qualified health-care personnel.
has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the Americas. Each year, due to a lack in infrastructure and qualified personnel, thousands of Haitian women are exposed to the risk of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Because of CIDA's support, the population of Trouin, in southwest Haiti, now has a new health centre, equipped with a delivery room.
Canada's efforts in Afghanistan
contribute directly to improving the lives of women and young children. CIDA-funded health projects and programs have helped reduce child mortality by 22 percent throughout Afghanistan since 2000.
has one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates.
Canada supports Afghanistan's efforts to strengthen its health care system and improve nutrition among mothers, newborns, and children under five.
In Mali, the infant and maternal mortality, morbidity and malnutrition rates are higher than in most sub-Saharan African countries.
In the region of Kayes, the immunization rate against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio for under-one-year olds has increased from 59 percent in 2003 to 91 percent in 2010 with support from CIDA.
According to the doctors who attended the delivery of her twins in Gazipur, Bangladesh
, this mother would no doubt have died, without medical assistance during childbirth.
Through the Muskoka Initiative
, efforts continue to be made to strengthen local health institutions and provide quality services in rural Bangladesh.
, the under-five mortality rate was 52 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2009.
In 2009-2010, thanks to CIDA, some 69,000 Bangladeshi children under the age of one were immunized against polio
, preventing about 3,450 deaths.
A mother and her child in a village in Malawi
. In 2005, half of child deaths in Malawi were related to malnutrition.
Malawi is one of the 10 countries where CIDA is focusing its Muskoka Initiative
A woman and her child in the province of Inhambane, in Mozambique
. Two thirds of the people of Mozambique live in rural areas, where skilled health workers are scarce.
CIDA is supporting training for health-care workers
in Mozambique to help to address this shortage.