A message from Family Care International:
Amy Boldosser, a member of FCI’s global advocacy team, will be in Toronto from Thursday through Sunday, making FCI one of the few international health NGOs that will be on the scene for these historic meetings. FCI, along with our colleagues from the Global Health Council, will also be blogging the summits at the Blog 4 Global Health; Amy will be posting on RH Reality Check too.
Canada, the host country for both summits, has declared that maternal and child health will be a central focus of the G8 agenda. FCI and our advocacy partners from around the world are working to ensure that this is far more than a symbolic step — that the G8’s discussion leads to concrete financial commitments, and that governments are held accountable for delivering on these commitments and saving women’s and children’s lives.
- To learn more,see FCI president Ann Starrs’s recent article in The Lancet: “Momentum, mandates, and money: achieving health MDGs” (Note: free registration/login required).
- For more information, read the “Call to Action for the G8” issued by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, or PMNCH (for which FCI serves as co-lead advocacy partner), which demands that G8 countries double their development aid for maternal, newborn, and child health.
- To lend your voice, sign the ONE Campaign’s petition asking that the G8 commit to training an additional 3.5 million healthcare workers by 2015.