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Day 2 Social Media Highlights from India’s Child Survival Summit #C2AIndia

If you missed our piece about Day 1 of India’s Child Survival Summit on the Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists, you can read it at The Most Important Conversation This Week: India on the Survival of its Children.

You might recall our coverage of the Child Survival Summit that was held in Washington, DC last year. Convened by the Ministries of Health of Ethiopia and India along with UNICEF and USAID decreasing the child mortality rate became front and center on the global agenda in 2012. This year the conversation continues with summits in both Ethiopia (that took place last month) and in India that is happening this week.

A few key facts:

  • India accounts for the largest number of under five deaths (Source)
  • India decreased its child mortality rate by 45% since 1990 (Source)

Announced today: India created a new management tool to improve accountability: scorecards.

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Dr. Abnay Bang talks about home-based newborn care practices in India

Mrs Anuradha Gupta from the Indian Ministry of Health discusses key takeaways from day 1.

Dr. Vinod Paul also discusses home-based newborn care practices

Follow the summit through Saturday at the #C2AIndia hashtag.

UN Photo/Mark Garten

Child Survival: Now on the Global Agenda

Today in the developing world over 11,000 children – especially those under the age of five – will die. These deaths are largely caused by preventable disease and neonatal conditions that can also be prevented. In all, that number totals 4.4 million children a year. That number, while explosively high, is significantly down 70 percent from 20 years ago. Now, the global health community is pushing to reduce child mortality to 2 million deaths per year by 2035. While it will not be easy, it is certainly achievable.

This week USAID, UNICEF, and the governments of India and Ethiopia convened the Child Survival Call to Action event held at Georgetown University. There we heard from key leaders in the area of child survival; those who are invested in dramatically reducing the child mortality rate in developing countries. Eighty percent of all child deaths occur in 28 countries. Of those deaths 40 percent are concentrated in five countries – India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, and Ethiopia. In order to reduce child mortality these countries in particular must work toward keeping more of its children alive.

Here are two commitments to child survival from the Ministers of Health for Ethiopia and India.

Now a new initiative has been launched to hold countries accountable to the pledges they make to reduce child mortality. You can read more at A Promise Renewed.

Where Child Survival Gets Top Billing

Today I am attending the Child Survival Call to Action Summit at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I am attending as media as a part of the ONE Moms Advisory Board. If you would like to join a group of mothers who work specifically to eradicate global poverty be sure to join us at www.one.org/moms.

Some of the early speakers at the Child Survial Call to Action Summit were Dr. Raj Shah, Administrator for USAID, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Minister of Health for Ethiopia, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare for India, Secretary Clinton, and Ben Affleck.

I will write a more in-depth recap of the event, but early on I wanted to share some photos of the morning. Follow the #5thBirthday and #Promise4Children to follow conversation around the event.