Cairo Goals Land in Nairobi

For $115.5 billion, preventable maternal deaths could be ended by 2030, according to a UN report presented yesterday at the International Conference on Population and Development, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.

And for $264 billion, countries could end maternal deaths, gender-based violence, child marriage, and deliver family planning to all women by 2030.

The summit’s aim: accelerate progress toward these goals—topping up pledges made 25 years ago at the landmark Cairo population and development conference.

How would the money be spent? Hiring medical staff, purchasing drugs and supplies, as well as supporting research, counseling and boost community outreach.

These figures are chump change compared to the cost of doing nothing—but the money must also be well spent, Alex Ezeh of Drexel University writes in the Conversation.

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