Health partnership saves 2.4 million lives

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN and its partners from 2010 saved the lives of 2.4 million women and children who were in danger of being exposed to preventable diseases.

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“Because of our collective endeavor, more women and children are surviving than ever before. Since 2010 alone, the world has saved the lives of some 2.4 million women and children,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in high-level event on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) morning.

He said the issue of maternal and child health was a “personal cause” to him because of his experiences of losing a sibling and his travels, which he said had exposed him to “needless suffering” around the world.

Under the partnership, remarkable progress had been made in the 49 countries targeted, on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission, and of increasing availability of oral rehydration therapy for treating infant diarrhea, of exclusive breastfeeding and of post-natal care for women. Other achievements include greater availability of professional maternity care, family planning, childhood vaccinations, and prenatal care.

Progress was made possible by an unprecedented level of resources mobilized for women and children’s health with close to $60 billion committed by the partners of the global movement, nearly two-thirds of which has already been disbursed. A research and development pipeline containing more than 1,000 new innovations for maternal and child health and representing $225 million in investments has also emerged since 2010.

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