A Call to Action

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A woman living with HIV embraces her daughter in the maternal and child health unit at Moundou Hostpial in Moundou, the capital of Logone Occidental Region. The woman participated in a UNICEF-supported programme to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Her daughter is HIV-negative.

What is the Child Survival Call to Action?

On June 14-15, 2012, in Washington, DC, the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States together with UNICEF, are mobilized the world to achieve an ambitious, yet achievable goal – to end preventable child deaths. We believe every child should be given the opportunity to survive and thrive. Nevertheless, every year 7.6 million children die before their 5th birthday.  Ending preventable child deaths means, first, giving children a healthy start by providing pregnant mothers with quality antenatal care and nutrition during pregnancy.  It means giving newborns a safe delivery, the ability to breathe in the first crucial moments of life, and proper nourishment to avoid stunting. It means newborns are sheltered, breastfed, kept warm and shielded from diseases like HIV.  And it means protecting children from infectious diseases like malaria and pneumonia with vaccines, bednets, and antibiotics. 

Call to Action Goals:

  1. Mobilize political leadership to end preventable child deaths.
  2. Achieve consensus on a global roadmap highlighting innovative and proven strategies to accelerate reductions in child mortality.
  3. Drive sustained collective action and mutual accountability.

Day One of the forum (June 14) convened Ministers of Health, Finance and Development, as well as decision makers and thought-leaders from multilateral agencies, civil society, the faith community, academia and industry to celebrate successes, understand obstacles and identify high-impact child survival strategies necessary to accelerate progress toward ending preventable child deaths.

Day Two (June 15) brought together technical experts and thought leaders working in nutrition, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, maternal and newborn health, family planning and immunization, and other areas critical to child survival. These experts will work across their fields to identify the strategies and smart investments to end preventable child deaths.

Download the presentations (as PDFs) from the Child Survival Call to Action