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World Vision Makes Historic US$3 Billion Investment to End Preventable Maternal, Child Deaths

As one of the world’s leading Christian aid agencies, World Vision has announced an unprecedented US$3 billion investment to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents globally. The investment is part of World Vision’s commitment to the second phase of the Every Woman Every Child movement - the first phase was launched by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in 2010. It is credited with playing a major part in saving 2.4 million women and children from preventable deaths. The movement’s Global Strategy 2.0 is being launched on September 26 during the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

''Every Woman Every Child movement made an historic achievement possible for millions of the world's most neglected women and children,'' said World Vision International’s President Kevin Jenkins. ''Challenging politicians and leaders of business, civil society and faith communities to make bold, concrete commitments to improving maternal and child health caused us to ask ourselves: What more could we do to make a difference?

''World Vision made a financial commitment of US$1.5 billion from 2010 to 2015 for health, nutrition, HIV and AIDS, water, sanitation and hygiene, in alignment with the Every Woman Every Child movement’s priorities. That commitment was independently assessed, and we exceeded it by US$500 million,'' said Mr. Jenkins. ''Our passion for this cause inspired 20 million people in 70 countries to join us in speaking up on behalf of women’s and children’s health through our Child Health Now campaign. We have seen many national policies and practices improved as a result.''

Mr. Jenkins said World Vision is recommitting itself to the Every Woman Every Child vision in line with its policies, programmes and principles as a Christian organisation. The organisation will engage partners, donors and sponsors to provide the money to boost the impact of its health, nutrition, water, sanitation and health, and food programming in development and humanitarian emergency responses; its operational research and in advocacy. ''Tangible outcomes will include 100,000 new community health workers trained, citizen engagement strengthened, a multi-stakeholder partnership for water, sanitation and health, and around 300,000 faith leaders taking action in 50 countries.''

Amina Mohammad, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning asked Kevin Jenkins to encourage other leaders of faith-based organisations to make their own commitments to the global strategy based on their priorities and programmes.

World Vision’s Partnership Leader for Sustainable Health, Martha Newsome, said the organisation is eager to partner with other civil society, academic institutions, corporations and anyone else who shares a vision to bring preventable maternal and child deaths to zero. ''This is the most World Vision has ever invested in protecting the lives of women, children and adolescents,'' she says. ''This investment will amplify our work to address malnutrition, HIV transmission, unsafe water, and killer diseases such as diarrhoea and malaria. We will continue to invest more smartly, to foster and share information and knowledge, and to grow partnerships with anyone who believes in ensuring the most vulnerable stay healthy.''

''This is a key moment in history. If we do this right, future generations of women and children will say: 'This was when the world changed in our favour,''' said Mr. Jenkins.

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