Call for action: Curb child deaths now

A road map proposing “strategic shifts” the global community can take to reduce child mortality will be launched at The Child Survival: Call to Action forum in Washington, D.C. This includes refocusing on high impact technological solutions and tools, such as vaccines. Photo by: Paula Bronstein / UNICEF / CC BY

An upcoming conference on child survival has two goals: discuss ways and renew a promise to reduce child mortality.

Participants attending The Child Survival: Call to Action forum in Washington, D.C., will be asked to sign a pledge to work together and reduce child deaths to 25 or lower per 1,000 live births by 2035.

A road map proposing “strategic shifts” the global community can take to reach the reduced child mortality goal will also be launched at the two-day event, which kicks off June 14. These include:

  • Focusing on countries that account for most child deaths.

  • Focusing on high burden populations (i.e., urban poor and rural communities).

  • Refocusing on high impact technological solutions and tools, such as vaccines. 

  • Investing in women’s education.

  • Working on a strong accountability framework, with countries using scorecards to evaluate results.

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah enumerated these points in a briefing call held on the eve of the event.

The forum, which follows the high-profile Frontiers in Development conference, will be attended by a number of personalities. These include Shah, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan, U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Actor Ben Affleck, who founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, will also be present at the forum.

Ivy Mungcal contributed to this report.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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