Committing to Child Survival

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed

On June 14-15, 2012, in Washington, D.C., the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, together with UNICEF, mobilized the world to achieve an ambitious yet achievable goal: to end preventable child deaths. We believe every child should be given the opportunity to survive and thrive. Nevertheless, every year, 6.6 million children die before their 5th birthday. By focusing on the main killers of children under 5 –neonatal complications, pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and malnutrition – we can reach our goal of 20/1,000 child mortality rate by 2035.

Here is what the global health community, policymakers, faith-based groups, the private sector and many more partners are working on:


Country Leadership

Country leadership and ownership is one of the pivotal keys to long-term success. The Call to Action inspired country governments to host local events and energize efforts around maternal and child health. Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Zambia have already led country or regional A Promise Renewed summits to launch their sharpened country plans, scorecards to track progress and much more. Many more countries have summits and meetings in progress, including Malawi and Uganda. In-country partners are working closely with Ministries of Health to ensure policy and program alignment, monitoring and evaluation and strengthened health systems. To learn more about what countries are doing, visit the A Promise Renewed Storify page.

Partnership and Engagement

No one organization can accomplish the vision of ending preventable child deaths by 2035 – we must coordinate and think creatively about how to maximize our technical expertise, funding, supply chains and communication channels, and reach the world’s most vulnerable with lifesaving interventions, education and innovative programs. The donor community is coordinating on funding. The faith-based community is using its network to help educate and change behaviors. Civil society is working in-country to address the bottlenecks in programming and services that prevent access. We are working with academia to fill gaps in research and private sector partners on innovative ideas that allow us to diagnose and treat women and children earlier. Here are just a few examples:

What’s Next?

While we have made great progress under the A Promise Renewed movement over the past year, we have much more work still to do. Each country summit or meeting is just the beginning of this acceleration process. We will continue to refine data collection tools and integrate behavior change into programs. We will keep expanding partnerships, include new partners and further improve and deepen our collaborations. And we will continue to integrate programs at the community level, keeping in mind that newborn and child survival also relies on the health of mothers.

Other resources:

  • USAID’s public health experts and our partners share their stories of progress and highlight what works on the USAID IMPACTBlog.
  • Stay in the know by following us on Twitter under the hashtags #GHMatters and #Promise4Children.

Last updated: July 12, 2021

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