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
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
SOURCE The Presbyterian Church in Canada
For further information:
Contact: Barb Summers, 647-298-5994, firstname.lastname@example.org