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USAID: Every Child Deserves a Fifth Birthday Campaign Launch

Mon, 2012-04-23
Washington, D.C. — The Barbara Jordan Conference Center
Hosting organization: 
Kaiser Family Foundation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday: Campaign Launch and Panel Discusssion
23 April 2012, 10:00 a.m. (EST)

Despite the huge progress made in the last three decades to reduce child mortality, the gap between rich and poor countries in child mortality is not closing fast enough. Rajiv Shah, Administrator for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is launching an international call to action to raise awareness of the estimated 7.6 million children who die before their fifth birthday each year from preventable illnesses.

On 23 April 2012 the Kaiser Family Foundation will hold a briefing to explore global efforts to help more children live to age 5 — a milestone birthday, after which children are far more likely to survive to adulthood. At this event USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will speak about the new "Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday" campaign, which will culminate in a huge gathering of global experts in Washington in June called "Child Survival: Call to Action." His remarks will be followed by a panel discussion examining where progress is being made, financial challenges and constraints, and opportunities for further engagement by the U.S. and others.

Panelists will include Amanda Glassman, Director of Global Health Policy at the Center for Global Development; Michael McCurry, a partner at Public Strategies Washington, Inc.; Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID; and Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Foundation Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy Jen Kates will moderate the discussion.

A link to watch a live webcast of the briefing will be posted 30 minutes before the event begins.