India to host global meet on maternal, child health in December: UNICEF

Highlights:

  • 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.