Canada’s nurses call for G8 action on maternal, newborn and child health – News Release
Halifax, May 14, 2010 - In anticipation of the upcoming G8 summit that Canada will host in June, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is calling upon G8 leaders to make a significant investment in maternal, newborn and child health initiatives.
CNA believes that comprehensive primary care for women and children from pre-pregnancy through pregnancy, childbirth and the early days and years of life could drastically reduce mortality and morbidity rates for vulnerable populations.
“Through accelerated, bold and collaborative action at global, national and local levels, the G8 can improve health and health outcomes around the world,” said CNA president Kaaren Neufeld. “A clear commitment from G8 leaders in addressing health human resources challenges and enhancing health systems can ensure that the right person at the right time can address the needs of women, newborns and children. The time to act is now.”
CNA acknowledges the importance of the initiative that the Canadian government is championing within the G8 to save the lives of mothers and children around the globe, thereby contributing to meeting the WHO’s Millennium Development Goals 4 (reduce child mortality) and 5 (improve maternal health). Through its membership in the International Council of Nurses, CNA is represented in the World Health Organization’s Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health. Recognizing the inextricable link between maternal, newborn and child health, CNA endorses the partnership’s Consensus for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, which outlines a five-point agenda calling for a concerted and coordinated action on this important health-care issue.
CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. It is a federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing over 139,000 registered nurses. CNA believes that the sustainability of a quality, publicly funded, not-for-profit health system rests upon a vibrant nursing workforce.
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For more information, contact:
Paul Watson, Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association