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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
MDG Health Alliance hosts a Pneumonia
Roundtable, seeking to define an ideal program to prevent at least
800,000 child pneumonia deaths by 2015.
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.
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.
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.
The Lancet releases a Maternal
and Child Nutrition Series, which announces that 45 percent of
deaths of children under 5 are related to undernutrition.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.