The recent G8 summit in Canada’s Muskoka region took an important step forward in improving maternal and child health in developing countries, Canadian and American officials said at a forum Wednesday.
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The G8’s $5-billion initiative to improve maternal and child health “left many loose ends that need to be tied up before the countries can begin to make good on their commitment to save the lives of 1.3 million children under age five, and 64,000 mothers,” the Canadian Press/Globe and Mail reports. According to the article, while stakeholders welcome the G8 initiative, many find it “deeply underfunded and lacking in detail.”