PMNCH and members address Canadian Parliamentary Committee
03 MAY 2010 | OTTAWA – The PMNCH spokesperson- Dr Dorothy Shaw- and other PMNCH members have given recommendations to a Canadian parliamentary Committee on the Status of Women which aims to address the government’s G8 Initiative on Maternal and Child Health.
Dr Shaw was joined by two other PMNCH member organizations who presented to the Canadian Committee: The Executive Director of the Canadian Society for International Health (SCIH), Dr Janet Hatcher-Roberts and President of Women Deliver, Jill Sheffield.
Quotes of note
Dr Dorothy Shaw: “The main message I have for the Committee is to trust the statistics and message found in the MNCH Consensus document, which has been agreed and put forward by MNCH experts across the globe,’ said Dr Dorothy Shaw, spokesperson for the G8 for the PMNCH in Canada and Associate Dean, UBC.
Dr Janet Hatcher-Roberts: “There are two priorities I would suggest: First is a functioning health care system, which promotes the continuum of care through the primary health care system and functioning obstetric emergency care. Second: Canadian and CIDA has been known for its work as a leader in gender throughout the world, and we look to have Canada continue that leadership.”
Jill Sheffield: “There are so few times in your career as Parliamentarians that a problem, a terrible injustice which has brought suffering to millions of women can be solved. This is our moment to make this happen. Progress cannot be made without clear financial and political commitment from the G8/G20. As host this year, Canada has a truly historic chance to lead the way. Invest in women, it pays.”
Below, find the presentations of the PMNCH, and its members to Canada’s Status of Women Committee examining maternal, newborn and child health, when available:
Presentation by Dr Janet Hatcher-Roberts, CSIH: not yet available