Canada pledges $440 million to vaccinate poor children

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Harper visit children on November 28, 2014 in the Philippe Maguilen Senghor health center in DakarCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday his government would provide support worth hundreds of millions of dollars towards life-saving vaccines for children around the world. Harper made the announcement at an event with Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne at a clinic in Dakar to mark the introduction in Senegal of a vaccine for rotavirus — a virus that causes diarrhoea in children so severe it can be fatal. He didn’t put a figure on the funding but an aide said it amounted to 500 million Canadian dollars ($440 million, 355 million euros). On his official website, Harper said he was proud of Canada’s “leadership to promote maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries so that women and children around the world can also live healthy and productive lives”.

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