India to host global meet on maternal, child health in December: UNICEF
India would be the global host for a meet of stakeholders
from nearly 100 countries on issues related to maternal and child health.
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health forum
will emphasise the importance of people-centred accountability bringing forward
the voices and lived realities of women, children and adolescents through
innovative programming and creative projects.
The forum will be hosted by the Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and
Child Health (PMNCH) this December.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Chile President
Michelle Bachelet and chair of PMNCH will deliver the keynote addresses.
India has made significant progress in improving maternal
health and reducing child mortality.
India has performed better than rest of world in this field
and the number of under-five children dying has fallen by 30 %% since 2012,
from 1.4 million to 9,89,000.
According to a new report by the United Nations Inter-agency
Group for Child Mortality Estimation, under-five mortality rate in India was
recorded below one million in 2017 for the first time in five years.
The forum to be held on December 12 and 13 at Vigyan Bhawan
will see participation from heads of State, ministers, popular champions, and
1,200 partners from nearly 100 countries.
This is the second time India is hosting the forum,the first
was in 2010.
Previous chapters of the forum have been held in
Johannesburg in South Africa in 2014 and Dar es Salam in Tanzania in 2007.