Antigua & Barbuda Signs Child Survival Pledge

Dr Bheri Ramsaran (at right)

Antigua & Barbuda has joined the global call to end preventable child deaths.

The renewed energy and focus came as Mr. Willmoth Daniel, Minister of Health, Social Transformation, Consumer Affairs & Local Government signed the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) online pledge as a commitment to action towards “ending preventable child deaths”, under the mantra,- A Promise to Keep: Global Child Survival Call to Action.

The minister’s signature to the document brought the number of countries supporting the Millennium Development Goal to eighty-seven worldwide, while Antigua and Barbuda’s commitment brings the total to five, the countries in the Caribbean.

The others include Jamaica, Guyana, Grenada and Haiti.

This initiative to save 16 million lives by 2015, came out of a high –level meeting, held in Washington, D.C, in June, where leaders of government, civil society and private sector reaffirmed their collective commitment to child survival.

This was done through a three –pronged approach to mobilize political leadership to end preventable child deaths, achieve consensus on a global roadmap highlighting innovative and proven strategies to accelerate reductions in child mortality, and drive sustained collective action and mutual accountability.

 

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