Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

G8 Summit Muskoka, Canada

25-26 June 2010

Canada holds the Group of Eight (G8) Presidency in 2010 and will host this year’s G8 summit on June 25-26 in Canada’s Muskoka region.

The G8 — which brings together Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States — plays a leading role in international affairs. In partnership with the global community, it has helped establish concrete responses and gather significant resources to address global health and development challenges.

The Canadian government has announced that the top priority of the Muskoka 2010 G8 Summit will be improving maternal and child health, along the continuum of care.

To lay the foundations for the Summit, G8 ministers and senior officials responsible for development cooperation met in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 27-28 April. The meeting concluded with an agreement that in order to be effective, a harmonized and coordinated effort at the local, national and global levels is needed to improve the health of mothers and children under the age of five. The development ministers emphasized the need to centre on country plans and an integrated-approach to health systems.

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