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September 15, 2008 —
Recently, I attended a presentation by officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) about its new report to Congress: “Working Toward the Goal of Reducing Maternal and Child Mortality: USAID Programming and Response to FY08 Appropriations.” Though the title is a mouthful, the report is an encouraging development in the fight for child survival.
Last year, Congress passed an appropriations bill that included an increase of $90 million for maternal and child health programs. Congress also instructed USAID to report on how its child survival programs are working toward the goal of reducing child mortality by two-thirds. UNICEF advocates pushed for both the funding and the report.
This USAID report noted that the agency will use the $450 million it was given to achieve and sustain the greatest possible reduction of maternal and child mortality and malnutrition. Its strategy includes these elements:
USAID’s strategy complements UNICEF’s proven approach to save children’s lives. We salute USAID for their commitment to child survival.
There is still much to be done
September 9, 2008 — UNICEF and Malaria No More are teaming up to defeat malaria
August 15, 2008 —