Presbyterian Church in Canada to Receive over $1.5 million from Canadian Government for Child and Maternal Health

TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister of Canada's Office has announced that The Presbyterian Church in Canada's development and relief agency, Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D), will receive over $1.5 million in a joint commitment to improving the health and saving the lives of women and children in developing countries.

On June 25, 2010, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the leaders of the G-8 nations endorsed the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. A call for proposals was opened to Canadian organizations with demonstrated expertise and at least three years' experience managing and delivering maternal and child health initiatives in developing countries.

PWS&D was selected as one of the recipients for funding and will receive $1,519,610 over three years for projects aimed at improving maternal health services for vulnerable women and children in Afghanistan and Malawi. "This support from the Canadian government demonstrates PWS&D's proven history of conducting solid programming and will allow us to improve the lives of even more women and children," says Ken Kim, PWS&D Director.

In Afghanistan, the project will improve women's overall health and lower maternal death rates by training birth attendants, improving health facilities and helping to change community attitudes toward maternal health services.

In Malawi, changing attitudes about reproductive health and increasing access to obstetric services will reduce maternal and neonatal deaths. Up to 17,000 children will have access to and benefit from improved nutrition and health care services.

The government funds will be used along with donations from individuals and churches from across Canada to continue PWS&D's mission in sustainable and effective development programs and emergency relief activities. Contributions to PWS&D can be made through local Presbyterian churches or directly to The Presbyterian Church in Canada, 50 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1J7.

Presbyterian World Service & Development is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. For over 60 years, PWS&D has worked ecumenically and through local partners to conduct effective programs around the world, combating poverty for people of all faiths, cultures and religious backgrounds. www.presbyterian.ca/pwsd

SOURCE The Presbyterian Church in Canada

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Contact: Barb Summers, 647-298-5994, bsummers@presbyterian.ca

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