August 23, 2017
Written by UNICEF
This post originally appeared on the UNICEF – Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths website.
In 2012, the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States of America, together with UNICEF, convened the Child Survival Call to Action in Washington, D.C. Policymakers, activists and advocates from across the spectrum of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) reviewed progress and lessons learned, identified opportunities for rapid results, and plotted a pathway for meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 by 2015. A modelling exercise prompted those present to examine the feasibility of even greater gains beyond 2015, proposing a scenario in which all countries virtually eliminated preventable child deaths by 2035. In response to the Call to Action, nearly 180 governments and hundreds of civil society and faith-based organizations rallied around this ambitious new goal for child survival, pledging to accelerate efforts to stop mothers and children from dying of preventable causes. We call this commitment and the actions taken to support it Ending Preventable Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths: A Promise Renewed.