USAID and Partners Unveil New Efforts to Save Child and Maternal Lives at​ Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths ​Forum June 25 in Washington, D.C.

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 19, 2014
USAID Press Office
+1.202.712.4320 | Email: | Twitter: @USAIDPress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, June 25, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah, with co-hosts the Governments of Ethiopia and India, in collaboration with UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners, will host Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths. The forum will unveil new efforts to save an unprecedented number of women and children by 2020 in 24 priority countries. It will also announce adoption of bold reforms to improve effectiveness and efficiency at the Agency. 

Acting on the Call will feature high-ranking U.S. government officials; UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim; The Honourable Christian Paradis, Canada's Minister of International Development and La Francophonie; global maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA; Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI Alliance; the Honorable Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF; Mark Suzman, President of Global Policy, Advocacy, and Country Programs for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; UN Special Envoy Ray Chambers; as well as members of Congress and Ministers of Health from a number of nations.

An important touchstone since the first Call to Action in 2012, this forum will gather global health leaders from governments, faith-based organizations, civil societies and the private sector to review recent and significant accomplishments aimed at significantly reducing child and maternal deaths, and to plot a new course that will ensure progress continues.

Dr. Shah and partners will also award major public and private sector partnerships and announce a new $500 million award focused on child survival and maternal health.

The event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium Hall.


USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah

More than 40 additional speakers discussing child survival and maternal health  

WHAT: Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths forum

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

10:00am - 4:00pm

(8:00 - 9:00am call time availability for registered media with camera; 9:30am call time for print/digital media) 


Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20523 

For more information, please visit:

Last updated: October 05, 2017

Share This Page