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Ban: More needed to sustain health effort

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. File photo. UPI/keizo Mori
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. File photo. UPI/keizo Mori | License Photo

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Developing countries are making efforts to improve the health of women and children but more needs to be done, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Ban, speaking at an awards ceremony in New York, lauded the progress and commitment of developing countries since the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health was launched a year ago, U.N. News reported.

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The program, which received more than $40 billion for its implementation, outlines ways for countries to work together to improve women and children's health and to develop a framework to ensure accountability.

The campaign seeks to save the lives of 16 million women and children and improve the lives of millions more.

"As of today, more than 60 countries have committed to step up efforts to improve women and children's health," Ban said.

He warned many obstacles still remain to be tackled and that millions of women and children are still dying due to poor health conditions.

"Political roadblocks litter the path ahead. Decisions to invest where resources are most needed can be slow. A woman's right to access the services she needs is sometimes denied," he said.

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