Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed

For the first time in history, we have the available knowledge and technologies to reach the world’s most marginalized children with life-saving interventions. Now is a time for action, to deliver on our long-standing commitment to end preventable child deaths. By working together with renewed determination, we can accelerate declines in child and maternal mortality, enabling more countries to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 by 2015 and sustaining the momentum well into the future.

A Renewed Commitment to Child Survival

To support partners in fulfilling the renewed commitment to child survival, UNICEF will establish a small secretariat to facilitate collective action on three fronts:

  1. Evidence-based country plans
    At the national level, participating governments will lead the effort to sharpen country action plans for child survival. Five-year milestones for maternal, newborn and child survival will be identified to track and hasten declines in child mortality.

  2. Transparency and mutual accountability
    As part of A Promise Renewed, governments and partners from civil society, the U.N. and the private sector will track and report the global progress of child survival strategies.

  3. Global communication and social mobilization
    Social media, publications, and other communication channels will be used to sustain the focus on and generate momentum for the 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.

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