Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths in Latin American and Caribbean Countries (LAC)

Pablos-Mendez, Ariel; Valdivieso, Veronica; Flynn-Saldaña, Kelly
July 2013
Perinatologia y Reproduccion Humana;jul-sep2013, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p145
Academic Journal
Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have reached or exceeded their Millennium Development Goal, despite this progress, significant work remains in order to end the millions of preventable child and maternal deaths that occur annually. This will require increasing coverage of high-impact interventions, strengthening the health systems that support these interventions, and addressing major equity gaps within and among countries. On June 14-15, 2012, in Washington, D.C., the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, together with UNICEF, convened a global "Child Survival Call to Action" (CSCTA) to achieve an ambitious yet achievable goal: to end preventable child deaths. A central premise of the Call to Action is that we already know how to prevent most child deaths and can do so by scaling up existing, practical, affordable interventions. The CSCTA and the follow on activities under A Promise Renewed, led by UNICEF, emphasize the importance of developing country-led planning and marshaling of countries' own resources to improve child health. Under this vision, donor support is to be supplementary --not the primary force shaping developing countries' work to reduce child mortality. As a result of the meeting, 175 countries around the world have signed a pledge committing to address child survival, including 31 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean Region.


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