The sobering fact that far too many women and children continued to die from preventable diseases provided the impetus for the U.N. Secretary-General’s “Every Woman Every Child” strategy, an initiative launched in 2010 to reduce maternal and child mortality world-wide.
In order for a child to thrive, interventions beyond health are critical. Protection from abuse and neglect, equitable access to an education for girls and boys, adequate nutrition, and clean water are all integral components to child survival.
All partners joining A Promise Renewed pledge to take action to accelerate progress on new-born, child and maternal survival. Governments will identify and track five year benchmarks for maternal, new-born and child survival, with the goal of reducing deaths to 20 per 1,000 by 2035 or, if their nations are already below that level, to sustain the progress, with a focus on reducing inequalities at the sub-national level. By achieving this goal, we will reduce the global child mortality average to 15 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2035, compared to 57 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2010 - a critical milestone toward the ultimate goal of ending preventable child deaths.