United Nations General Assemby September 2012: RMNCH In focus

18 SEPTEMBER 2012 | NEW YORK


New reports: UN and partners

Progress on child survival

NEW YORK/GENEVA| 13 SEPTEMBER 2012 – Two new reports have been released which highlight and analyze the decrease in child mortality rates worldwide. According to new data released by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME )by UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the UN Population Division, the pace of reducing child deaths has accelerated sharply since 2000. UNICEF’s Report was released in tandem: Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2012. It combines mortality estimates with insights into the top killers of children under five and the practical strategies that are needed to accelerate progress. The message is clear: Progress made over the last two decades demonstrates that sound strategies, adequate resources and, above all, political will, can make a critical difference to the lives of millions of young children.

Accelerating progress on child survival since 2000, UN says

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 13 September 2012 – The pace of reducing child deaths has accelerated sharply since 2000, according to new data released today by UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the UN Population Division. An annual report by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME) shows that in 2011, an estimated 6.9 million children died before their fifth birthday, compared to around 12 million in 1990. Rates of child mortality have fallen in all regions of the world in the last two decades – down by at least 50 per cent in Eastern Asia, Northern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South-eastern Asia and Western Asia.

And progress is accelerating: Between 2000 and 2011, the annual rate of reduction in the global under-five mortality rate jumped to 3.2 per cent, up from 1.8 per cent in 1990-2000. Sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the greatest challenge in child survival, has doubled its rate of reduction, from 1.5 per cent per year in 1990-2010 to 3.1 per cent in 2000-2011.

Diverse countries are making rapid progress in child survival – UNICEF report

More than 100 countries pledge to prioritize child survival

NEW YORK, 13 September 2012 – Countries across the world are making rapid progress in reducing child deaths, demonstrating that it is possible to radically reduce child mortality over the span of two decades, a UNICEF report says today.

The 2012 Progress Report on Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed examines trends in child mortality estimates since 1990, and shows that major reductions have been made in under-five mortality rates in all regions and diverse countries. This has translated into a sharp drop in the estimated number of under-five deaths worldwide. Data released today by UNICEF and the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation show that the number of children under the age of five dying globally fell from nearly 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2011.

UN chief hails progress in scaling up maternal and child nutrition worldwide

27 September 2012 – High-level political and private sector officials today met in New York to fight childhood and maternal under-nutrition with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praising the progress made so far, while stressing the importance of continuing to boost efforts on this front.

New UN Report on Fistula

19 SEPTEMBER 2012 - The U.N. Secretary-General Report, “Supporting Efforts to End Obstetric Fistula,” noted great progress in addressing fistula, yet called for more support and intensified action to end fistula.

PATH launches report to help safeguard pregnant women with essential medicines

PATH’s latest report Safeguarding pregnant women with essential medicinesoffers a targeted agenda for action for global and national advocates, policymakers, and program implementers to increase the quality and availability of oxytocin, misoprostol, and magnesium sulfat.

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