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

Child Survival 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 – to end preventable child deaths. The Child Survival Call to Action was held from June 14–15, 2012 in Washington, DC.

This event launched the Commitment to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, a series of activities 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 that children may survive and thrive.

Global Roadmap

The Global Roadmap 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.

Call to Action

Agenda Archive

Day 1 Agenda | Day 2 Agenda

Day 1 Agenda, June 14, 2012

8:30 am Welcome
Carol Lancaster, Dean, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (Video | Transcript, PDF 14KB)
8:35 am Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development (Video | Transcript, PDF 23KB)
8:40 am Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health, Government of Ethiopia (Video | Transcript, PDF 33KB)
8:55 am Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India (Video | Transcript, PDF 37KB)
9:20 am Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator, R-GA (Transcript, PDF 20KB)
9:25 am Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State (Video | Transcript, PDF 59KB)
9:40 am Spotlight (Video)
Ben Affleck, Actor, Director, and Founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative (Transcript, PDF 30KB)
Dr. Felix Kabange Numbi Mukwampa, Minister of Health, Government of Democratic Republic of the Congo (Transcript, PDF 22KB)
9:50 am Presentation – The Roadmap (Video | Transcript, PDF 29KB)
Julio Frenk, Dean, School of Public Health, Harvard University
10:00 am Panel #1 – A New Approach to Ending Preventable Child Deaths (Video | Transcript, PDF 141KB)
Moderator: Linda Douglass, The Atlantic Media Company
  • Maria Da Luz Guebuza, Her Excellency the First Lady of Mozambique
  • Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization
  • Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom Department for International Development
  • Ray Chambers, U.N. Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria
11:15 am Presentation (Video | Transcript, PDF 46KB)
Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
11:45 am Spotlight (Video | Transcript, PDF 35KB)
Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, Minister of Health, Government of Nigeria
11:55 am Spotlight (Video | Transcript, PDF 27KB)
Ambassador Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States
12:05 pm White House Guest Speaker (Video | Transcript, PDF 32KB)
Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor
12:15 pm Luncheon
Georgetown University Conference Center, Grand Ballroom
1:30 pm Remarks
Anthony Lake, Executive Director UNICEF
1:35 pm Spotlight (Video | Transcript, PDF 31KB)
Professor Haque, Minister of Health, Government of Bangladesh
1:40 pm Spotlight (Video | Transcript, PDF 19KB)
Declaration on Scaling-Up Treatment of Childhood Diarrhea and Pneumonia
Douglas Horswill
, Senior Vice President, Teck
1:45 pm Panel #2: Bending the Curve – the Role of the Private Sector (Video | Transcript, PDF 59KB)
Moderator: Femi Oke, International Correspondent, WNYC Radio
  • HRH the Infanta Cristina of Spain, La Caixa Foundation
  • John Cahill, CEO McCann Health
  • Una Ryan, CEO Diagnostics for All
  • Geralyn Ritter, Senior Vice President, Merck
2:35 pm Spotlight (Video | Transcript, PDF 23KB)
mPowering Frontline Health Workers
Patricia Mechael
, Executive Director, mHealth Alliance
2:40 pm Panel Introduction (Transcript, PDF 25KB)
Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator, D-LA
2:45 pm Spotlight (Video | Transcript, PDF 21KB)
William Vendley, Secretary General, World Conference of Religions for Peace
Katie Taylor, Executive Director, Center for Interfaith Action
3:05 pm Panel #3: The Critical Role of the Faith Community and Civil Society (Video | Transcript, PDF 182KB)
Moderator: Femi Oke, International Correspondent, WNYC Radio
  • Bishop Dr. Sunday N. Onuoha, Executive Director, Nigerian Interfaith Action Association (NIFAA)
  • Kay Warren, Co Founder of Saddleback Church
  • Carolyn Woo, President Catholic Relief Services
  • Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President, NY Board of Rabbis
  • Cleopatra John Byarugaba, Director U Report, Uganda
  • Ishtiaq Mannan, Save the Children, Bangladesh
3:50 pm Spotlight (Transcript, PDF 66KB)
Zulfiquar Bhutta, Countdown to 2015, Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University
4:00 pm Spotlight Speaker (Video | Transcript, PDF 66KB)
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary
4:10 pm A Promise Renewed Pledge (Video)
Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
4:20 pm A Promise Renewed Pledge Signing (Transcript, PDF 66KB)
Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health, Government of Ethiopia
4:25 pm Civil Society Statement (Transcript, PDF 66KB)
Mayowa Joel, Program Director, Communication for Development Centre, Nigeria
4:30 pm Closing Remarks
Anthony Lake
, Executive Director, UNICEF

Reception to Follow
Healy Lawn at Georgetown University
Hosting Coalitions: CORE Group, Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, GAVI, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Global Coalition Against Childhood Pneumonia, Healthy Newborn Network, mHealth Alliance, U.S. Coalition for Child Survival, WASH Network, and White Ribbon Alliance
5:00 pm Interfaith Reflection on Child Survival in Gaston Hall

Day 2 Agenda, June 15, 2012

9:00 am Welcome (Video)
Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development
Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
9:15 am Opening Keynote Address: "Linking Commitment to Action" (Video)
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health, Government of Ethiopia
9:30 am Session #1: Reducing Child Mortality: What Have We Achieved? (Video)
Chair: Krishna Tirath, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Government of India
  • Global Under-Five Mortality: Where Do We Stand Today?
    Robert Black
    , Johns Hopkins University
  • The Countdown Report: Data, Methods & Country Profiles
    Tessa Wardlaw
    , UNICEF
    James Tibenderana, Malaria Consortium, Uganda,
    On Behalf of Countdown to 2015
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Session #2: Ending Preventable Child Deaths within the Continuum of Care (Video)
Chair: Flavia Bustreo, World Health Organization
Chair: Ava Marie Coll Seck, Minister of Health, Government of Senegal
  • A Global Road Map for Ending Preventable Child Deaths
    Amie Batson, U. S. Agency for International Development
  • Accelerating Progress with Increased Efficiency, Innovation, and Maternal Education
    Chris Murray, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington
  • Innovation to Empower Women and Families
    Jay Naidoo
    , Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  • 3.1 Million Newborn Deaths: Changing the Trajectory Toward Survival
    Joy Lawn
    , Save the Children
  • Accountability and Measuring Results
    Cristian Baeza,
    World Bank
12:15 pm Luncheon Commences
1:00 pm Lunch Panel: Ensuring That Products Are Where They Are Needed When They Are Needed: The U.N. Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children (Video)
Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
Tore Godal, Government of Norway
Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA
Zainab Hawa Bangura, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Government of Sierra Leone
Representative of the Government of Nigeria, TBD
1:30 pm Session #3: Tools for Delivering the Promise (Video)
Chair: Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
Chair: Naoyuki Kobayashi, JICA
  • Essential Interventions Across the Continuum of Care
    Carole Presern
    , Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
  • Pneumonia and Diarrhea: Leading Killers, Forgotten Children
    Holly Newby
    , UNICEF
  • The X Factor: What Matters for Maternal and Child Survival?
    Shyama Kuruvilla, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and the World Health Organization
  • Private Enterprise, Public Health: Opportunities for Businesses to Improve Women's and Children's Health
    Gary Cohen,
    Becton Dickinson, On Behalf of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and the Innovation Working Group in Support of Every Woman, Every Child
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm Parallel Thematic Sessions (Concurrent Breakout Sessions) (Video)
  • Session #4A: How to Reach Every Child with Essential Services: Coverage with Quality and Equity (Green Tables)
    Moderator: Anuradha Gupta, Additional Secretary & Mission Director (National Rural Health Mission), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
    Paulo Bonilha, Ministry of Health, Government of Brazil
    Abhay Bang, SEARCH, India
    Zulfiqar Bhutta, Aga Khan University, Pakistan
    Sania Nishtar, Heartfile Pakistan
    Neema Rusibamayila, Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, Government of Tanzania (invited)
    Humphreys Nsona, National IMCI Coordinator, Malawi (invited)

  • Session #4B: Empowering Mothers, Families, and Communities (Purple Tables)
    Moderator: Tewodros Melesse, International Planned Parenthood Federation
    Sir Bright Ekweremadu, Society for Family Health, Nigeria
    Jon Lane, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
    Siti Masyitah Rahma, Muhammadiyah, Indonesia
    Patience Kweyama, mothers2mothers
    Tom Davis, Food for the Hungry

  • Session #4C: Ensuring Accountability to Deliver Results (Blue Tables)
    Moderator: Anders Nordstrom, Ambassador of Global Health, Government of Sweden
    Neghist Tesfaye, Ministry of Health, Government of Ethiopia
    John Hewko, Rotary International
    Henry Perry, Johns Hopkins University
    Feng Zhao, African Development Bank

  • Session #4D: Using Research and Innovation to Accelerate Progress (Yellow Tables)
    Moderator: Nils Daulaire, Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Alan Guttmacher, National Institute of Child Health and Development
    Seth Berkley, GAVI
    Shams El Arifeen, International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh
    Ratna Rosita Hendardji, Secretary General, Ministry of Health,
    Government of Indonesia
    Scott Ratzan, Johnson & Johnson and Co-Convener of the Innovation Working Group
3:45 pm Break
4:15 pm Session #5: Putting It All Together: Sustaining Momentum (Video)
Chair: Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF
4:45 pm Take Home Message: Together We Can End Preventable Child Deaths (Video)
Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development