Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and WASH
The Canadian government hosted a global summit on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in Toronto from May 28-30, 2014 that brought together a wide variety of government, NGO, university and private sector players working to improve MNCH conditions worlwide. CAWST was proud to be among the invited guests attending the summit.
At the June 2010 G8 summit held in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, member nations committed to collectively spend an additional $5 billion between 2010 and 2015 to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in developing countries.
That pact, called the Muskoka Initiative, set out to prevent the deaths of 1.3 million children under the age of five, prevent the deaths of 64,000 mothers and give access to modern methods of family planning for 12 million couples.
To reach these targets, Muskoka Initiative funding was directed at areas such as prenatal care, attended childbirth, health education, treatment and prevention of diseases, immunization and basic nutrition.
Also included in the Muskoka Initiative scope was a target of improving access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
And that is where CAWST comes in. CAWST is the third-largest recipient of funding under the Canadian government’s Muskoka Initiative, and is the only organization under the Muskoka Initiative working to reach MNCH targets through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) initiatives.
Webinar Title: Importance of WASH for Maternal and Child Health
Date: Thursday, July 31, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM MDT (Calgary time zone).
Description: This webinar will discuss the impact of WASH related diseases on pregnant and lactating mothers as well as children under the age of five. We will describe how diarrheal disease leads to malnutrition and other related nutrient deficiencies in mothers and children. Finally, we will discuss potential WASH interventions to improve the health of mothers and children.