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G8 new investment in maternal, child health "more urgent than ever" due to impact of food and energy crises

10 July 2008, Geneva - The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health welcomes G8 leaders' commitment to take urgent action to prevent the deaths of ten million young children and women each year. The pledge by leaders of the Group of Eight countries to invest in a continuum of care for maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries is made in the Toyako Framework for Action on Global Health issued during the 2008 G8 Summit in Hokkaido, Japan.

Partnership G8 Statement, 10 July 2008

Partnership welcomes G8 commitment to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths

8 July 2008, Hokkaido/Geneva (updated 10 July) - G8 leaders and Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda must commit a new US$10.2 billion per year for maternal, newborn and child health to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly at a time when rising food and energy prices are threatening to increase poverty and malnutrition among women and children, rolling back progress, according to The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.