Norway pledges funds for maternal health care

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Norwegian officials announced they’d be donating USD 80 million (around NOK 500 million) to a new US-initiated international program aimed at improving maternal health care in Africa. The funding was awarded during US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s weekend visit to Norway.

The money will be used to help fund one of Clinton’s new priorities, a health care project called “Saving Mothers, Giving Life.” It aims to help women in various African countries while they’re pregnant, when they’re giving birth and afterwards, to help their newborns get a better start in life.

The Norwegian funding matches US funding for the program and gave Clinton another reason to thank Norway during her visit to both Oslo and the northern city of Tromsø. Clinton and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre spent hours talking both in Oslo and in Tromsø, not least on issues affecting the Arctic.

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