Canada has been a leader in drawing global attention to maternal, newborn, and child health issues. As part of that leadership, the Government of Canada is working to mobilize Canadian partners to make a difference. Under the Muskoka Initiative Partnership Program, Canada, through CIDA, is supporting the efforts of 28 Canadian organizations to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality over the next three years. Each project will focus on at least one of the three key paths: strengthening health services at the community level, improving nutrition, and reducing leading diseases and illnesses.
Canada has committed $82 million ($75 million under the Muskoka Initiative and $7 million from ongoing CIDA funding) between 2010 and 2015 to the Muskoka Initiative Partnership Program.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the new projects to save the lives of mothers and children in developing countries at the United Nations in New York in September 2011.
This program is part of CIDA's Partners for Development Program.