Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio in the world mentioned
The elimination of polio in the world is one of the initiatives backed by Rotary Clubs around the world. And so when a major announcement was being made in Ottawa regarding funding directed at measures to strengthen immunity to polio, it only made sense that some Rotary representation might be invited to be present.
This is what happened on Wednesday, Feb. 25 when Prime Minister Stephen Harper and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, hosted a gathering at The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on Sussex Drive in Ottawa to announce $22.5 million in additional funding for inoculation programs in some of the world’s poorest countries. And one of the Rotary representatives at this gathering was Rosemary Brummell, president of the Rotary Club of Ottawa – Stittsville who was among a group of 21 Rotarians invited to attend this gathering.
The event was billed as “a conversation regarding Canadian leadership on maternal, newborn and child health: vaccines and nutrition.”
Besides representatives from Rotary, the gathering also included representatives from other groups such as the Kiwanis who are also involved in international work pertaining to the topic.
At the event, Prime Minister Harper announced new funding for two initiatives – $20 million to strengthen immunity to polio and up to $2.5 million over two years to help eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
Prime Minister Harper and Bill Gates both urged the world to keep the issue of maternal, newborn and child health as a development priority. Prime Minister Harper has championed this cause ever since June 2010 when he persuaded world leaders at the G8 Summit in Muskoka to focus on maternal and child health. He has worked alongside Bill Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in making this happen.
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PM Harper and Bill Gates renew call to advance global Maternal, Newborn and Child health priority – PM Gov. Canada
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Bill Gates renew the call for focused global political leadership and sustained financial commitments to ensure that maternal, newborn and child health remains a global development priority as the world moves beyond 2015 during a moderated discussion.
“Canada’s top development priority remains eliminating the preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children in developing countries. While significant progress has been made, more can and must be done to sustain the momentum and end these preventable deaths within our lifetime. Our Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have been steadfast partners in championing this cause, and remain committed to ensuring that all women and children can live healthy and productive lives. Together, we will continue to call on the international community to renew their commitment and support to ensure our global efforts remain focused on eliminating preventable maternal and child deaths.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
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Bill Gates praises Canada’s efforts to improve maternal and child health — Aga Khan Foundation, Canada
The Aga Khan Development Network’s resident representative in Canada, Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, made remarks at the event, closing with a quote from His Highness the Aga Khan: “Improving maternal, neonatal and child health should be one of the highest priorities on the global development agenda.”
Minister of International Development Christian Paradis (left) chats with Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Khalil Z. Shariff (right). Minister Paradis made closing remarks at the event.
Before they took to the stage, Prime Minister Stephen Harper (left) and Bill Gates (right) met with the Aga Khan Development Network’s resident representative in Canada, Dr. Mahmoud Eboo (centre left) and Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Khalil Z. Shariff (centre right).
Bill Gates is co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which gave out $3.9 billion in grants in 2014 to support improvements in quality of life around the world.
February 27, 2015 – Bill Gates recognized Canada’s contributions to improving maternal and child health (MNCH) worldwide at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on Wednesday, and thanked Canadians for their continued support to the cause.
More than 300 people gathered in Ottawa to hear Mr. Gates discuss the topic with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, at an event moderated by Susan Johnson, Director General of International Operations for the Canadian Red Cross.
“The last 15 years have seen more progress than ever before, and I think we can set even more ambitious goals for the next 15 years,” said Mr. Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “In 2015, childhood deaths are half of what they were in 1990.”
Despite progress, both leaders made the case for substantial, ongoing investments in global health, emphasizing that low-cost interventions can have a large impact.
“I hope … we will actually make the kind of transformational differences to the entire planet, that have been made in the last 10 or 15 years to certain parts of the world,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Because we can do this everywhere, and we should grab the opportunity.”
In their conversation, Prime Minister Harper and Mr. Gates discussed the importance of vaccinations, proper nutrition, and accountability and measuring results. Ms. Johnson also asked Mr. Gates to reflect on the role of innovation in improving global health.
Mr. Gates laid out three key areas of focus for innovation in vaccinations: developing new vaccines for diseases like HIV and tuberculosis; ensuring that existing vaccines are available in developing countries; and figuring out how to improve vaccination rates to the point that diseases are eradicated.
He emphasized that success is possible – vaccination rates for polio have almost reached the tipping point.
“In five years, with any luck at all, we will see polio declared eradicated,” said Mr. Gates.
At the event, Prime Minister Harper announced new initiatives aimed at eradicating polio and tetanus, as well as support to 20 teams made up of African and Canadian researchers, who will work to innovate new solutions to health challenges in 13 countries in Africa.
“We are a very privileged society in Canada,” said Prime Minister Harper. “We have so much to give to others, and we can make a really big difference in their lives, in profound ways.”
Prime Minister Harper also thanked the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for its investments in maternal and child health, and broader “contributions to humanity at large.”
Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, the AKDN’s resident representative in Canada, made opening remarks at the event, noting the Network’s longstanding commitment to maternal and child health.
“Canada’s leadership has provided a strong boost to [the AKDN’s] collective efforts, allowing us to expand their reach, improve their quality, and ensure their sustainability,” he said. “As His Highness said when he addressed the prime minister’s MNCH summit last May in Toronto, ‘improving maternal, neonatal and child health should be one of the highest priorities on the global development agenda.’”
For over thirty years, Canada and the AKDN have collaborated on development initiatives around the world. That partnership has been particularly strong in promoting maternal, newborn and child health, through programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Mali.
The Gates Foundation and the AKDN have also had an important relationship on MNCH issues, most recently in support of the work of the Aga Khan University.
Read the news release on the Prime Minister’s website.
Source:Aga Khan Foundation Canada
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