Child Survival Symposium

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A girl waits at a health centre in Kisangani, capital of the north-eastern Province

New York, 13 September 2006 – The Government of Norway and UNICEF, in cooperation with The Lancet, are convening a high-level Child Survival Symposium in New York on 18 September 2006 to raise awareness of child survival issues and galvanize action to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015, in line with Millennium Development Goal 4.Every year 10.5 million children die before the age of five – 29,000 children every single day. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable.

While child mortality will be the focus of the Symposium, it will be discussed in the context of the “continuum of care” of maternal, newborn and child health, and such key causes of child mortality as malnutrition, malaria and HIV/AIDS. The Symposium will look at solutions, such as the Accelerated Child Survival and Development approach that is reducing child mortality in parts of West Africa, by taking well-known health interventions to scale.

The Lancet, which is playing a key role in the push for MDG 4, will issue a special electronic supplement on the day of the Symposium to highlight child survival. The supplement will include its Countdown Report, showing which countries are on track for MDG 4, and which are not.

The Symposium will be divided into two sessions:

• A high-level policy panel with Prime Minister Stoltenberg, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and Heads of State, including Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordon, with an expert introduction by Professor Hans Rosling and moderated by Riz Khan.

• A more informal ‘Town Hall’ panel of experts to include Zulfi Bhutta, Julio Frenk, Richard Horton, Julian Lob-Levyt and Joy Phumaphi.

Both sessions will take place at UNICEF House, 3 UN Plaza, 44th Street, New York.


For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:

Angela Hawke, Communications Officer, UNICEF New York: Tel + 212 326

Jessica Malter, Communication Officer, UNICEF New York: Tel + 212 326 7412

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 8 July 2006: Partners team up in Kenya to fights measles and malaria

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Maternal Mortality

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7 August  2006: Measles vaccination campaign faces up to challenges of ongoing Lebanon conflict

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8 August 2006: Campaigning for child nutrition in the Sahel region

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4 August 2006: New cases of polio prompts further immunization drive in Bangladesh

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Salt Iodinasation

3 March, 2005: Law bans imports of non-iodized salt in Georgia

31 December 2004: From India: UNICEF distributes rehydration salts to treat diarrhoea

Vitamin A

 4 September 2006: More than 500,000 Liberian children targeted in vitamin A and deworming campaign

21 January 2004: Reducing vitamin deficiency can improve world economy


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