Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 16/7/2015 (1614 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
THE federal government has announced another $9.3-million contribution toward its latest multibillion-dollar commitment to maternal child health in the developing world.
The announcement, made in Winnipeg on Wednesday, was one of 36 initiatives that make up 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 funds cover programs to run from 2015 to 2020.
The event also acted as a stage for a number of Conservative MPs and candidates from the Winnipeg area for the upcoming federal election.
Candice Bergen, minister of state for social development, made the announcement at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) national office in Winnipeg.
"We want to put money where we will see results, and we have a very exciting announcement in that initiative," Bergen said.
Winnipeg South Centre MP Joyce Bateman said the funds will support the MCC in its work in Afghanistan.
"Maternal and child health... is one of the very top priorities with the government of Canada, and for very good reason," Bateman said. "Nutrition in developing countries is improving, the rate of disease is going down, and more and better health care is available. We can all be very proud a made-in-Canada solution is addressing a global problem."
Bergen and Bateman made the announcement on behalf of Christian Paradis, minister of international development and La Francophonie. Elmwood-Transcona MP Lawrence Toet joined Bergen and Bateman at the podium.
The federal government will fund the 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.
"We very pleased our proposal to help address health and nutrition-related issues for women and children in Afghanistan has received this significant contribution," MCC executive director Don Peters said.
MCC has provided services in Afghanistan as an aid agency since 1979 and with ongoing programs since 1999.
The Harper government's initial maternal and child-health initiative was rolled out in 2010 with a pledge of $2.8 billion over five years.