A Promise Renewed for the Americas

10-12 SEPTEMBER 2013 | PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

Reducing inequities in reproductive, maternal, and child health

A regional conference for Latin America and the Caribbean is taking place in Panama City to assess the child and maternal health challenges specific to the Americas and galvanize commitments to address them. This high level meeting brings together more than 275 delegates from over thirty countries as well as representatives from Member Countries, multilateral and bilateral agencies, civil society, non-governmental organizations, private sector, faith-based organizations and media.

The conference will focus on defining a way forward for addressing the major child, maternal and reproductive health inequalities that persist in the Americas. It will also provide a regional forum to celebrate successes, review trends in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health in the Americas and identify key interventions and strategic shifts needed to reduce persisting inequalities in health. The meeting will also formally link the Americas to the global “A Promise Renewed” movement to eliminate preventable child and maternal deaths by 2035.

Background

A Promise Renewed global movement was born in June 2012 when more than 80 governments and partners from civil society, faith-based organizations, and the private sector gathered at the Child Survival Call to Action in Washington, D.C., to launch a re-energized and sustained global effort to end preventable child deaths. This high-level forum was convened by UNICEF and the governments of the United States, Ethiopia, and India. A Promise Renewed encompasses child, maternal, and reproductive health.

As of November 2, 2012, 175 governments world-wide, including 32 in Latin America and the Caribbean, have signed the Promise Renewed pledge, and several regional and country-specific conferences have been held to develop country- or region-specific roadmaps to realize these commitments.

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