Committing To Child Survival: Progress Report 2013

  • A Promise Renewed is a movement based on shared responsibility for child survival, and is mobilizing and bringing together governments, civil society, the private sector and individuals in the cause of ending preventable child deaths within a generation
  • A Promise Renewed is a global movement that seeks to advance Every Woman Every Child — a strategy launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to improve the health of women and children — through action and advocacy to accelerate reductions in preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths
  • Since its launch just over a year ago, A Promise Renewed has driven several important developments
  • A diverse array of governments, from Bangladesh to Zambia, India to Liberia, Ethiopia to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are setting bold new targets for maternal, newborn and child survival. Every month, more governments are following suit
 How India Performs
  • More than half of the under-five deathscaused by pneumonia or diarrhoea occur in just four countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nigeria alone bears more than 30% of the global burden of under-five malaria deaths and more than 20% of the global burden of under-five deaths associated with HIV.
  • Around two-thirds of neonatal deathsoccur in just 10 countries, with India accounting for more than one-quarter and Nigeria for a tenth.
  • There are 20 high-mortality countriesin which at least 40% of under-five deaths occur in the neonatal period. More than 4 in 10 of all neonatal deaths worldwide occur in just three countries: India, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
  • In February 2013, the Government of India, another cosponsor of the global Call to Action, convened a national forum of state policymakers, technical advisors, civil society organizations and private-sector partners to identify and commit to high-impact strategies that can accelerate the decline in preventable child deaths.
  • All child deathsoccur in just 26 countries, and half of all under-five deaths occur in just five countries : India (22%), Nigeria (13%), Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (each 6%) and China (4%).
  • To achieve MDG 4 by 2015, an additional 3.5 million children’s lives must be saved between 2013 and 2015 above the current trend rate. Breaking this projection down by country indicates where the greatest challenge lies to meet this international goal. One-third of these lives need to be saved in just two countries, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with a further fifth in India and Pakistan.

Just over a year ago, the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, together with UNICEF, launched Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, a global effort to stop children from dying of causes that are easily prevented. So far, 176 governments have signed a pledge, vowing to accelerate progress on child survival. Hundreds of civil society, religious groups and private individuals have also pledged support for the shared goal of giving every last child the best possible start in life.

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