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Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday. The U.S. Government’s Contribution to A Promise Renewed.

The Child Survival Call to Action in Washington, D.C., launched the Commitment to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, a commitment to monitor progress in child survival efforts and ensure mutual accountability. By pledging to work together to end preventable child deaths, the partners of A Promise Renewed are uniting in a common cause that every generation in history has instinctively embraced: doing our best so children may survive and thrive. Now countries around the world are hosting their own Call to Action events to pledge their renewed commitment to children. Read more about the other Call to Action events below.

Child Survival Call to Action – Washington D.C.

Call to Action

Convened by the Governments of the United States, India, and Ethiopia – and organized in close collaboration with UNICEF – this high-level forum brought together an impressive array of public and private constituencies to identify the smart investments that can be dedicated to one ambitious yet simple goal: an end to preventable child deaths. The Child Survival Call to Action was held on June 14–15, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

From the forum came the Global Roadmap. It captures the specific goals, state of knowledge, and progress of child survival as it evolves through the leadership of countries and other stakeholders. View the Global Roadmap [PDF, 14MB] and fact sheet.

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African Leadership for Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Ethiopia

We are at a crucial juncture in our final sprint towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and the 2035 vision of ending preventable child deaths. Much will depend on country-level leadership and action on child survival....
- Ethiopia’s Minister of Health Kesetebirhan Admasu

On January 16–18, 2013, the Government of Ethiopia convened a meeting of African ministers of health and global experts aimed at accelerating reductions in preventable child deaths through sharper national plans and improved monitoring and evaluation.

The African continent shares a significant global burden of newborn, child, and maternal deaths. Of the 3.5 million such deaths per year in Africa, more than 1 million are newborns. But some African countries, such as Libya, Mauritius, and Tunisia, have already reduced their under-5 mortality rates to fewer than 20 per 1,000 live births.

The meeting focused on issues related to child survival policy and the scale-up of high-impact interventions, such as skilled birth attendants, newborn care, integrated community case management, and stunting reduction. The meeting was an excellent opportunity for countries to learn from one other and apply the lessons in their country settings. Ministry representatives had the opportunity to update their country-specific plans to accelerate progress toward reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

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Call to Action: Child Survival Summit – India

Call to Action: Child Survival Summit

On February 7–9, 2013, the Call to Action: Child Survival Summit was held in Chennai, India, to enable the Government of India to launch a strategic roadmap for accelerating child survival and development in the near future and beyond 2015.

The objectives of the Call to Action summit were for it to be a platform for concerned ministries and interministerial dialogue for the center and states and global and Indian expertise, and for goodwill ambassadors, private sector, civil society, media, and faith-based organizations to share experiences and challenges; celebrate successes in maternal, newborn, and child survival and development programs; and pledge to recommit themselves to addressing challenges in implementation.

The ministry will launch an enabling strategic roadmap and other development initiatives as community-based management of acute malnutrition and screening for congenital disorders; engage with all partners to arrive at actionable goals and commitments for high-burden states aimed at reducing the deaths of children from preventable causes.

The outcomes from the meeting were that ministers from central and state governments; leaders from the private sector, civil society, media and multilateral organizations, and academia; and funding agencies will arrive at a set of agreed actions and commitments; promote accountability; and engage high-burden states to determine a follow-up mechanism to achieve India’s goals for child survival and development.

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