Roundtable: Global Partnership unite to highlight urgency in achieving MDGs 4 & 5

Each year, more than half a million women die in pregnancy or childbirth, and more than 10 million children die before their fifth birthday. In order to meet MDGs 4 & 5, increased funding, better health and information systems, a stronger health workforce, improved coordination and, most importantly, immediate action is needed.

What: Roundtable event focused on highlighting partnership efforts in achieving MDGs 4 & 5 to reduce maternal and child mortality. The event is an official side event of the 2005 World Summit. Recent gains from existing partnerships and promising new initiatives will be discussed.

Who: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and The Global Alliance for Vaccines & Immunization

Participants include: Dr. Alpha Oumar Konaré, Chairperson, Commission of the African Union; Mrs. Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Imitative (former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), and other global health leaders. The event will be opened by Mrs. Nane Annan (invited) and moderated by Mr. Riz Kahn, former Senior News Anchor, CNN International.

When: 9:00am – 10:45am, Monday, September 12, 2005

Where: UNICEF House, 3 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York, 10017 Over the last few years, global health partnerships have been created to address health issues that cannot be resolved by individual organizations operating independently. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health represents an unprecedented collaboration between the world’s leading maternal, newborn and child health advocates. The Global Alliance for Vaccines & Immunization was formed to harness the strengths and experience of multiple partners in immunization.

Attention to Broadcasters: Satellite feeds are scheduled for September 12, 2005 through the UNIFEED on APTN. The feed will feature b-roll and a video news package of the launch. Visit Packages will be available for download in broadcast quality and/or ordering on www.thenewsmarket/ The service is gratis.

For more information, please contact:
Erica Kochi, UNICEF, +1 212 326 7785,