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

Since the Child Survival: Call to Action, country governments, civil society, faith-based organizations and the private sector have accelerated action to end preventable child deaths. Through country launch events, conferences on technical elements that will help achieve the goal, and more, the global community is turning its pledge into action.


June 14-15 2012

Child Survival: Call to Action takes place in Washington, DC and rallies political leaders, the global health community, civil society, the faith-based community and private sector partners around one goal: ending preventable child deaths. The Child Survival Global Roadmap [PDF, 14MB] and fact sheet are launched, highlighting five strategic shifts.

September 1 2012

The United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children presents a new plan and set of recommendations [PDF, 997KB] to improve the supply and access of lifesaving health supplies.

September 26 2012

In support of the London Summit on Family Planning, a new partnership makes a contraceptive implant available to more than 27 million women in the world's poorest nations. Voluntary family planning enables women to practice healthy birth spacing and could save the lives of 1.6 million children annually.

October 16 2012

Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, launches Saving One Million Lives, an ambitious and comprehensive initiative to scale up access to essential primary health services and commodities for Nigeria's women and children.


January 16-18 2013

The Government of Ethiopia convenes ministers of health and global health experts from across Africa at the African Leadership for Child Survival summit. Policymakers and technical experts review regional progress on child survival, take stock of lessons learned and call for greater accountability for national and regional results. In response to the forum, more than 20 African governments reaffirm their commitment to reduce under-5 mortality rates to fewer than 20 deaths per 1,000 live births.

January 30 2013

Ministers of health meet in Dubai at the Saving the Lives of Mothers and Children: Rising to the Challenge meeting. They commit to accelerate progress toward MDGs 4 and 5 in the eastern Mediterranean region.

February 7-9 2013

India launches A Promise Renewed at the Call to Action Child Survival and Development for Every Child In India Summit. The high-level forum brings together state policymakers, technical advisors, civil society organizations and private sector actors to launch the Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Child Health Adolescent Health Strategy (RMNCH+A), which serves as a roadmap for states aiming to accelerate declines in preventable child deaths. The Government of India also unveils a national child survival scorecard, which will help track national and subnational progress against key indicators.

February 26-March 1 2013

A national newborn conference was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, to respond to the country's commitment to A Promise Renewed, with a goal of reducing the newborn death rate by 25 percent by 2017.

April 11 2013

The First Lady of Zambia hosts a national launch of A Promise Renewed and unveils a 4-year roadmap that will save an average 27,000 lives – 26,000 under-5 children's lives and 1,000 mothers' lives – every year.

April 12 2013

WHO and UNICEF launch the Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPP-D), the first-ever integrated global strategy to simultaneously protect children from pneumonia and diarrhea, which are the two leading killers of children under 5 and responsible for 2 million children’s deaths per year.

April 15-17 2013

The first-ever Global Newborn Conference is held in Johannesburg, South Africa, launching the first in a series of consultations to inform a Global Newborn Action Plan (GNAP) and highlighting the fact that 43 percent of all under-5 deaths happen within the first month of life.

April 30 2013

MDG Health Alliance hosts a Pneumonia Roundtable, seeking to define an ideal program to prevent at least 800,000 child pneumonia deaths by 2015.

May 17 2013

At the 2013 GBCHealth Conference, a new partnership and innovative financing mechanism is announced. The Pledge Guarantee for Health will leverage private sector funding to speed up delivery and access to lifesaving health supplies.

May 30 2013

Under the banner of A Promise Renewed, the Democratic Republic of the Congo Ministry of Health officially launch the national acceleration framework to reduce infant and maternal mortality. The strategy sets out bold targets for reducing child mortality by 48 percent and maternal mortality by 31 percent, saving the lives of 430,000 children and 7,900 mothers over the next 3 years.

June 3-4 2013

Scientists, academia and practitioners attend the Population-Level Behavior Change Evidence Summit for Child Survival to discuss ways to ensure known interventions are being used as effectively as possible.

June 6 2013

The Lancet releases a Maternal and Child Nutrition Series, which announces that 45 percent of deaths of children under 5 are related to undernutrition.

June 8 2013

The Nutrition for Growth Summit in the United Kingdom, brings together business leaders, scientists, government and civil society to make the ambitious financial and political commitments needed to reach 1 million more pregnant women and infants with the right nutrition at the right time and reduce cases of stunting and preventable child deaths from severe acute malnutrition.

July 5 2013

Following the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities meeting follow-up, Senegal's Minister of Health Awa Marie Coll-Seck launches A Promise Renewed in Dakar. The Senegal country plan integrates A Promise Renewed and the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, and through it the Ministry of Health aims to work with partners and save 10,000 children by 2015.

July 21 2013

The Government of Bangladesh pledges to end preventable child deaths by scaling up interventions that are proven through rigorous research to address the remaining preventable causes of child mortality in Bangladesh. A special emphasis will be placed on ensuring the survival of newborns.

July 25 2013

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf formally launches A Promise Renewed: Committing to Child Survival in Liberia at a gathering of community leaders, health workers, government officials and development partners. In spite of the remarkable progress achieved since 1990 on infant and under-5 mortality rates of over 68 percent, neonatal mortality is still high due to malaria, acute respiratory infections (including pneumonia), diarrheal diseases and others, thus A Promise Renewed Liberia will give an impetus to newborn health within current efforts.

September 1 2013

Saving Mothers, Giving Life's September Program Update showcases initial data coming out of the first year of implementation. In all Saving Mothers, Giving Life districts, Health Facility Assessments (HFA) were carried out to determine a baseline for how maternal health services were functioning. The results are encouraging and highlight the quality improvements after 1 year of Saving Mothers interventions, and are contributing to better health outcomes for women and newborns.

September 9-12 2013

Ministers and vice ministers from over 20 LAC countries join more than 200 advocates, donors and global health stakeholders for a 3-day summit, A Promise Renewed for the Americas, aimed at addressing inequalities that prevent progress in ending preventable child and maternal deaths. The conference culminated with 26 countries and seven organizations signing the Panama Declaration, which aims to build regional strategic alliances, develop a road map, and mobilize resources to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs.

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