Improving the survival chances and quality of life of women, newborns, and children remains an urgent global challenge. Preventing maternal and child deaths is possible, but sustained investments are needed to reach every woman and child. Together, the global community will reinvigorate momentum to prevent maternal and child deaths at this global event co-convened by USAID, UNICEF, and the Governments of India, Senegal, and the United Kingdom. Join us on March 21st, 2023 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm EDT to draw from lessons learned and focus on key approaches to improve global maternal and child survival into the future.
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Since 2012, substantial progress has been made in reducing maternal and under-5 deaths, and a handful of countries are on target to meet the SDG targets in 2030. Yet, 5 million children still die each year under the age of 5, and nearly half of those are newborns less than a month old. Worse still, the maternal mortality ratio is going in the wrong direction.
As a result of COVID, conflict, and climate disasters, many countries are off track to meet SDG 3. Progress on maternal and child survival isn’t as simple as one intervention; it starts with a strong primary healthcare system that integrates services across a lifetime.
A Decade of Progress and Action for the Future will examine the tenacity and innovation that helped us make gains, the lessons learned through monitoring, country-led adaptation and leadership, analysis, and reflection, as well as the approaches we must take to reinvigorate the momentum and global commitment to improving maternal and child survival. Increasing coverage, strengthening the quality of care, and enhancing equity will be tantamount to our global progress.
This is the first of a drumbeat of events that will focus on maternal, newborn, and child health in 2023 and that will help reinvigorate political attention and spur concerted country-led action to assist countries in accelerating progress on maternal and child survival over the coming years.
Photo credits from top to bottom: Amy Fowler, Jean-Baptise Joire, Prakhar Rajoria, and Solan Kolli on behalf of USAID