Canadian leaders are meeting this spring to talk about ways they can prevent pregnancy deaths including, newborn and child health care. According to a recent stat, the number of women in developing countries who die each year during pregnancy or childbirth has dropped from 53,000 deaths in 1990 to 287,000 deaths in 2011.

Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement says at the 2010 G8 Summit a $2.85 billion Muskoka Initiative was put in place to prevent these deaths. Canada is hosting the summit in Toronto on May 28th. Clement says the summit will help to build new relationships with private sectors. He also adds that so far Canada is on track with its Muskoka Initiative and has given out 80 percent of its funding.