The world cannot persist with business as usual when every year nearly 11 children die before their fifth birthday from easily preventable and readily treatable causes – almost 90 percent of these deaths occur in 42 countries of South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. According to Amie Batson, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health, this road map is taking in the accumulated wisdom across our community.
A National Conference on Child Survival, involving experts, official’s donors and NGOS from different parts of the world, will be held in New Delhi on November 29-30 to draw up a roadmap for child survival over the next ten years.
In the past last 40 years, thanks to new vaccines and improved health care practices, child deaths have been reduced by more than 50 per cent. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake speaks on the first day of the international forum Child Survival Call to Action, in Washington, D.C., USA.
Yet millions of children still die every year from preventable causes, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. Child Survival Call to Action challenges the world to make specific plans to reduce child mortality to below 20 child deaths per 1,000 live births in every country by 2035