Global Day of Action for Child Survival

23 OCTOBER 2013 | GLOBAL

Around the world, children and babies are dying from preventable causes . They are missing out on the nutrition and health care they need to survive. On the first ever Global Day of Action for Child Survival organized by Save the Children, over 50,000 children from 67 countries around the globe met with their leaders and policy makers about what more can be done to stop children dying from preventable causes.

In a day packed with action, advocacy summits with young people and decision makers took place in over 35 countries with Save the Children highlighting the need for costed national health plans; campaigns to tackle malnutrition; appropriate levels of public spending on health; and specific commitments to ending preventable child deaths and health care for all within the post-2015 framework.

Global discussions on the key issues of child survival were held in a rolling video conference (Google Hangout) that followed the sun from India to Brazil bringing together key political decision makers, civil society, technical experts, and youth to talk about what more needs to be done to reach MDG 4.

This was Save the Children’s biggest ever child participation event and children took part in a global marathon relay to raise awareness of child survival, highlight the injustice of preventable child deaths and call for action.

Finally, a global petition asking for action to end child mortality is available online for signatures . This petition which is part of the global campaign, will be given to governments , donors and shared at major global meetings to make sure world leaders know that the public is demanding action. Save the Children is targeting 10,000 signatures by early November so that the petition can be taken to the third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Brazil.

Background

The Global Day of Action is part of a series of events for the EVERY ONE campaign, Save the Children’s biggest ever global campaign. The campaign aims to make stopping children and mothers dying a political priority and mobilising thousands of people in both rich and poor countries. It is driven by Save the Children’s vision that no child under the age of five will die from preventable causes and that public attitudes will not tolerate a return to high level child deaths.

The overall aim for the campaign is to have helped achieve Millennium Development Goal 4 on newborn and child survival. This means also addressing the health and wellbeing of mothers and accelerating progress towards Millennium Development Goal 5.

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