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USAID announces new efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Governments of Ethiopia and India, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, held a high-level forum titled “Acting On The Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths.” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah provided remarks during the forum and announced that the Agency would be “realign[ing] $2.9 billion of planned investment in child survival in an effort that, between now and the end of 2015, will save the lives of 500,000 additional children.” Administrator Shah also announced the release of two action plans guiding U.S. efforts to address maternal and child deaths including “Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths,” which aims “to save the lives of 15 million children and nearly 600,000 women by 2020” in 24 priority countries, and  “Maternal Health Vision for Action,” which “outlines how USAID will help achieve a maternal mortality rate of fewer than 50 deaths per 100,000 live births.”

Additional Resources:

  • USAID press release summarizing the event.
  • USAID “Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths” fact sheet.
  • Additional information about the event including event details, participants, resource materials, etc. can be found here.

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