The Canadian government has set aside $3.5 billion to advance the health of women and children in Nigeria.

Canada's High Commissioner to Nigeria, Christopher Thorney, said the fund was provided for related programmes to support polio eradication through Canada’s G8 initiative.

Dr. Thorney announced the intervention on Wednesday at a Multi-Country Dissemination of the Rapid Access Expansion (RAcE) Project on Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood Illnesses (iCCM) in Abuja.

According to him, Canada has a long history of working to improve the health of women and children in Nigeria.

The $3.5 billion will boost its support programme initiated in 2015 and which will run till 2020.

The Canadian envoy said statistics on maternal and child deaths globally were troubling in spite of tremendous efforts already made.

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"In 2016, 5.6 million children under the age of 5 died worldwide; to make that more understandable, that is about 15,000 child deaths per day.

"We also understand that three quarters of under-five mortality are also from leading causes such as diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia.

"All of these can be prevented or treated with access to simple and affordable interventions when they are available but certainly they are not always available," he said.

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"Unless we tackle the barriers that are preventing access to life saving treatment, we will always be at risk of losing the momentum we have gained.

"This is why Canada is proud of its support which has promoted the scale of Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) in Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Democratic Republic of Congo,’’ Thorney added.

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