Last week, with the battle cry “every child deserves a 5th birthday,” UNICEF and governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States convened the Child Survival Call to Action, a meeting to mobilize the world to end preventable child deaths.
At Georgetown University in Washington, DC, the world's leading officials and experts such as Hillary Clinton, Rajiv Shah (USAID), Margaret Chan (WHO) and Anthony Lake (UNICEF) lent their voices to the cause. Ben Affleck, celebrity and philanthropist, also made an appearance. In all, more than 80 speakers participated in the two day event, including immunization champions Seth Berkely (GAVI Alliance) and Zulfiquar Bhutta (Aga Khan University).
Governments, along with private and religious partners, were asked to pledge their support for “A Promise Renewed,” a commitment to redouble efforts to reduce under five child mortality. A Global Roadmap was also presented at the event, which outlines progress made to date and what needs to happen if we're to go from 7 million children dying before their 5th birthday to zero.