National summit on ' Call to Action for Child Survival' to be held in Tamil Nadu

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will hold national summit on "Call to Action for Child Survival and Development" at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu on February 7-9.

The summit will be organized in partnership with UNICEF and USAID.

The summit is a critical platform that will strategically engage over 200 delegates including 27 international and 35 national experts, key policy makers, planners and implementers from the health sector representing all states of India, representatives and heads of UN and development agencies, global health experts and practitioners, civil society members and private sector, to discuss and debate on child survival and development in India.

The summit will be an opportunity for sharing experiences and challenges; celebrate successes in maternal, newborn, child survival and development programmes; and pledge to meet India's child survival and development goals.

Addressing the media here yesterday, Anuradha Gupta, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission said India's decline in Under Five Mortality Rate (U5MR) during 2005-10 has accelerated to an average of 7.5 percent each year.

"Though the average Under Five Child Mortality Rate has been lower in urban areas, the rate of decline in rural areas has been much faster. The rural-urban gap in child mortality has narrowed reflecting improved equity in healthcare," she added.

Gupta said India co-convened the 'Global Child Survival Call to Action: A Promise to Keep' Summit in Washington DC in June 2012 along with Ethiopia and the United States of America. "The Call to Action: For Every Child in India" follows from Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's commitment to the global audience that India shall remain in the forefront in the global war against child mortality and morbidity.

It may be mentioned that the 'call to action' will be a shared platform for concerned ministries and inter-ministerial dialogue for the Centre and States, Global and Indian expertise, good will ambassadors, private sector, civil society, media and faith-based organizations to share experiences and challenges; celebrate successes in maternal, newborn and child survival and development programmes; and, pledge to recommit themselves to address challenges in implementation. (ANI)

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