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UN Foundation Commits $400 Million to the Secretary-Generals Global Strategy for Womens and Childrens Health

Washington, DC (Vocus) September 20, 2010

As part of a growing global consensus that improving women’s and children’s health is the best way to help achieve all of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN Foundation is committing $ 400 million, together with its partners, to make motherhood safer, educate and empower more adolescent girls, and protect children from preventable diseases. The commitment, made today at the start of the United Nations Summit in New York, will support the UN Secretary-Generals Global Strategy on Womens and Childrens Health, which will be unveiled in New York on September 22, 2010.

Investing in womens and childrens health is one of the best ways to advance all of the Millennium Development Goals and has always been a priority for the Foundation, said Timothy E. Wirth, President of the UN Foundation. It is unacceptable that more than 350,000 women die every year as a result of complications during pregnancy. The world can stop this from happening. We all have the tools and the resources to make a difference and we must accelerate our collective efforts.

This commitment will be delivered as part of the UN Foundation’s work with UN agencies and partners already underway to address global health priorities and those that will be launched over the next five years. The Foundation is bringing together partners and resources to help the UN address key global health priorities, including childhood immunizations, malaria prevention, improved health for adolescent girls, access to reproductive health supplies and services, clean cooking solutions, and up-to-date mobile technologies for improved health care. This includes: