New Media Journalists Travel to India, Report on Child Survival


Caption: Women and Children’s Hospital in Mumbai, India: A child is pictured at Cama Hospital, a major hospital for women and children, in Mumbai, India. Photo: United Nations

The International Reporting Project (IRP) has sent ten new media journalists to India to report on child survival. You may recall, the Indian Ministry of Health along with UNICEF and USAID convened the latest Child Survival Summit earlier this month where, of course, child survival reigned top on the agenda.

India accounts for the largest number of under-five deaths in the world at around 1.5 million. According to the World Bank that number has steadily decreased from 69 under-five child deaths per 1000 in 2008 to 61 (Source). And according to the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME) India and Nigeria account for more than a third of all under-five deaths worldwide.

India, however, is committed to lowering its child mortality rate. Through site visits and expert round tables, the IRP journalists will share what they learn on their ten-day visit to India. Follow the #IRPIndia hashtag to follow the conversation through the end of the month.

Some key tweets that have stood out so far are:

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