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The ‘Call to Action Summit 2015: Ending preventable child and maternal deaths’ kicks-off in India on 27 August

Posted:  Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India will play host to 24 nations who will be part of the ‘Call to Action’ summit happening during August 27–28, 2015, in New Delhi. This summit plans to deliberate upon the importance of systems, partnerships, innovations, convergence, and evidence in ending all preventable maternal and child deaths.

The summit will be co-hosted by the Health Ministry of Ethiopia in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Tata Trust, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK Aid and World Health Organization (WHO). Apart from these organisations, the summit will be attended by State Health Ministers from India, international academic experts, health practitioners and global leaders from the corporate, civil society and media sectors.

Staying in line with this year’s theme, the Summit will address key topics such as health financing, corporate partnerships, game-changing innovations, and accountability. Additionally, important sectors such as water, sanitation, and nutrition will also be discussed as they could impact the success of programme delivery and implementation critically.

The format of the Summit has been carefully charted to make it engaging and impactful. Programmes such as lively panel discussions moderated by senior experts, interactive ‘marketplace’ for countries to showcase best practices and new approaches that have yielded measurable results, and other innovative communication tools with long-lasting impression on visitors and delegates.

“India has made progress in reducing child and maternal mortality over the years and we are committed to ensuring that the progress continues and the speed of change picks up momentum. We will focus on innovations that can be replicated and scaled up in other countries. This summit gives us the opportunity to learn from each other and give the support needed to mutually reach our goals and targets,” said Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Joint Secretary (Reproductive and Child Health), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Various stakeholders and experts echoed the need for momentum in the existing efforts to prevent unnecessary child and maternal deaths. A common platform such as this Summit will help in showcasing positive measures adopted by other countries which in turn could help generate sustainable solutions in overcoming maternal and child issues.

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