Applaud Pledge of Billions for Maternal and Child Healthcare


Target: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

Goal: Thank Prime Minister Harper for pledging $3.5 billion to maternal and child healthcare

In 2010 Prime Minister Harper revealed that over a five year period Canada would commit $2.85 billion for maternal and child healthcare. The livelihood of thousands of Canadian mothers and children who were not eligible for healthcare depended on the initiative. Five years later Prime Minister Harper made the decision to pledge $3.5 billion for an additional five years, this time focusing on advancing healthcare programs more extensively than before, strengthening partnerships built over the past four years with an increased budget.

Between 2010-15 the program, referred to as the Muskoka Initiative, will “prevent the deaths of 1.3 million children under age five, prevent the deaths of 64,000 mothers, and give access to modern methods of family planning for 12 million couples,” according to the World Health Organization and the World Bank. The initiative’s Chair reports its core principles to include “ensuring sustainability of results; improving accountability; and strengthening monitoring, reporting, and evaluation.” During the unveiling of his plan to continue the initiative an additional five years, Harper confirmed that through its great works the program has made the difference between life and death and must continue into the future.

An official website for the initiative states that  funds for 2015-20 will continue aiding mothers all over Canada with things like prenatal and postpartum care, sexual and reproductive healthcare and services, basic nutrition and sanitation. The new initiative will also focus on increasing immunization efforts to prevent diseases in newborns.

Prime Minister Harper’s decision to highlight the importance of care for women and children makes Canada an exemplary role model for other nations to follow. Thank the Prime Minister for continuing the initiative and for dedicating increased funds in order to better serve the Canadian women and children that would undoubtedly suffer and die without its support and resources.


Dear Prime Minister Harper,

I write with great pleasure to thank you for increasing funds and extending the timeline of Canada’s commitment to improving maternal and child healthcare as outlined in the original Muskoka Initiative.

In its first five years the lives of an estimated 1.3 million children under the age of five, as well as 64,000 mothers, will be saved from the perils of not having proper healthcare and resources. The initiative is also providing education and family planning to roughly 12 million couples. With the increased funds, and plans to focus on immunization efforts to eliminate preventable diseases, newborns throughout Canada have a better chance at a healthy start to life–a precious gift that all should have.

It is both refreshing and inspiring to see Canada making the healthcare of women and children a high priority. Your actions have already saved so many lives and will continue to do so in the following years. Thank you.


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