Conservative MPs announce additional $9.3M for maternal health in developing world

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The Harper government announced another $9.3 million toward it's multibillion-dollar commitment toward maternal child health in the developing world.

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The Harper government announced another $9.3 million toward it’s multibillion-dollar commitment toward maternal child health in the developing world.

The Winnipeg announcement Wednesday was part of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s $3.5-billion commitment a year ago to maternal and child health, one of his top international aid initiatives.

The event also acted as a stage for a number of regional Conservative MPs and candidates from the Winnipeg area for the upcoming federal election.

Candice Bergen, minister of state for social development, rolled out the announcement at the Mennonite Central Committee national office in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg South Centre MP Joyce Bateman added to it, explaining the funds will support the Mennonite Central Committee in its work in Afghanistan.

Both Bergen and Bateman said they made the announcement on behalf of Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. Elmwood-Transcona MP Lawrence Toet flanked Bergen and Bateman at the podium.

The federal government will fund its new program over the next five years for services in three provinces in Afghanistan. Building on existing services the MCC already provides, the new money will help to identify and treat malnutrition in children under age five.

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