Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths

  • The new report shows how USAID's maternal and child survival efforts have resulted in nearly two-and-a-half million more children surviving and 200,000 maternal deaths averted since 2008 in our 24 priority countries.

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  • Call to Action Summit 2015 in New Delhi, India. Ending preventable child and maternal deaths.

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  • Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez is the Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator and still holds his role as Assistant Administrator for Global Health.

  • Learn how USAID plans to save the lives of 15 million children and nearly 600,000 women by 2020.

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Acting on the Call. Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths

The goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths is within reach. Speeding up adoption of the highest impact interventions could save 15 million children and 600,000 mothers through 2020.

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Press Release

Last year, USAID unveiled a roadmap outlining how it plans to support 24 high-priority countries to make sure that children live to celebrate their fifth birthdays and that their mothers live to see them grow. USAID has just released a new report with an update on progress made and an additional focus on the interventions needed to save women and mothers. The 2015 Acting on the Call: ending preventable child and maternal deaths report reveals that USAID's maternal and child survival efforts have resulted in nearly 2.5 million more children surviving and 200,000 maternal deaths averted since 2008 in USAID's 24 priority countries. In addition, the USAID report details how to reach 38 million of the most vulnerable women around the world with increased access to health care during delivery by 2020.

The report release coincides with a Call to Action Summit for ending preventable child and maternal deaths in New Delhi hosted by the Governments of India and Ethiopia, USAID, the United Nations Children's Fund, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Tata Trusts, and the World Health Organization in New Delhi.

For the first time, with new technology and partners, a sharper focus, and a global commitment to hold ourselves accountable, we can bring an end to preventable child and maternal deaths in a generation.

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Last updated: August 27, 2015

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