URC Joins USAID’s Campaign to End Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths

On the two-year anniversary of the original “Child Survival Call to Action,” USAID and the Governments of Ethiopia and India, in collaboration with UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and their civil society partners, are coming together to celebrate the progress, assess the challenges and identify strategies to ensure continued momentum in their efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths.

URC-CHS is a proud member of the Advisory Group for this initiative, known as Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths

URC-CHS is also honored to be a member of the host committee supporting  5th Birthday and Beyond, a coalition of over 100 organizations celebrating America’s global leadership for improved maternal, newborn and child health.  

Both initiatives will culminate with high-level events in Washington, DC, on June 25th, 2014.

URC-CHS’s role

URC-CHS has long committed its knowledge and passion to ensuring that the world’s children survive to their fifth birthday and have the opportunity to thrive and grow. Many maternal, infant and child deaths are preventable through interventions as simple as proper hand-washing techniques, educating the community on proper nutrition and providing appropriate training in active management of the third stage of labor (read how this technique saved the life of  a mother of eight).

For these initiatives, URC-CHS provided technical feedback as a member of the Advisory Group for USAID’s “Acting on the Call” report. In addition, URC is joining the hundreds of organizations who are taking to social media to raise awareness for #MomAndBaby and #5thBday and Beyond.

How to participate

Do you have a photo of you and your baby? Or you and your mom when you were a baby?  Post them on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #MomAndBaby and tell your friends why you’re doing well.

Or, send your fifth birthday photo to 5th Birthday and Beyond and post it to your social media accounts using the hashtag #5thBday.

Join URC in showing the world that every woman deserves a safe, joyful birth and every child deserves to celebrate each birthday with health and happiness.

Date 
June 17, 2014
Authors 
Christina Zola and Sabina Behague, Communications Specialists
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