Over the past 25 years the United States has played a leading role in one of the world’s most remarkable success stories: stopping the deaths of millions of children from preventable disease and helping them thrive. 5th Birthday and Beyond is supported by a broad and diverse coalition of over 100 organizations that have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the world’s children. The Coalition is led by a COMMITTEE whose members have agreed to make or reaffirm a commitment that significantly contributes to children surviving to their fifth birthday and thriving beyond.
Many of the commitments included here are part of or in addition to commitments made under the UN Secretary General’s 2010 Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. A full inventory of those commitments is available here.
On the occasion of the 5th Birthday and Beyond celebration, InterAction’s member NGOs have reaffirmed their commitment to working to end preventable child and maternal deaths. In 2015, InterAction members will spend over $450 million in private resources on child health and survival programs, a substantial increase over 2014 spending. These private resources, raised directly from the American people, reinforce U.S. government investments in these critical areas.
Read organizational commitments to support healthy children.
- 1,000 Days
- Abt Associates
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Refugee Committee
- American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)
- Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB)
- Church World Service
- Concern Worldwide U.S. (Concern)
- Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
- CORE Group
- Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)
- Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
- FHI 360
- Franciscan Action Network
- Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
- Futures Group
- GAVI Alliance
- Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children’s
- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
- Global Health Council
- Global Poverty Project
- Habitat for Humanity International
- International Medical Corps
- IntraHealth International
- Johnson & Johnson
- Jubilee USA Network
- Laerdal Global Health and Laerdal Foundation
- NCBA CLUSA
- The ONE Campaign
- Pathfinder International
- Population Services International
- Rotary International
- Save the Children USA
- United Nations Foundation
- U.S. Fund for UNICEF
- University Research Co., LLC (URC)
- WASH Advocates
- WaterAid America
- World Relief
FHI 360 contributes to child survival and health in the following ways. FHI 360’s work in more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories, is grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and countries to succeed. At FHI 360, our approach addresses the full range of maternal and child health needs and challenges, from preconception through postpartum; from birth through childhood. We understand and work with the complex, interrelated factors that can enable a robust continuum of care for this population. Our multidisciplinary research continues to seek and apply new knowledge that can save lives and improve the health of mothers and children at risk of illness or death. FHI 360’s research and programs demonstrate how interventions can be introduced or adapted to improve program effectiveness, accountability, adherence to guidelines, quality of care and health outcomes.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes the program Alive & Thrive. Alive & Thrive estimates that the program reached 12 million children under two years of age in its first five years and plans to extend that coverage from now through 2017. FHI 360 also implements the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, providing global technical support in maternal and child health, community-based nutrition, food security and livelihood strengthening.
Through 2015, FHI 360 has committed to work for child survival and health by working through our Alive & Thrive initiative to improve infant and young child feeding and maternal nutrition through large scale programs in Asia and Africa. Specifically, this work will include strategic technical assistance to realize high coverage nutrition programs, the creation and adoption of tools to facilitate scale up and strengthened capacity to deliver comprehensive programs of impact in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. Additionally, this program will test the feasibility of multiple community-based maternal nutrition interventions in Bangladesh. The program’s estimated value is $53 million and is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with additional funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), and Irish Aid.
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: For 25 years, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has led the way in the fight to prevent pediatric HIV infection, eliminate pediatric AIDS, and create a generation free of HIV. EGPAF supports the early identification of and initiation of ART in all HIV-positive pregnant women. EGPAF also advocates for expanded access to appropriate HIV care and treatment for HIV-exposed infants, as well as infant and young child feeding strategies that promote the long-term HIV-free survival of infants born to HIV-positive mothers. EGPAF works in the countries hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in order to meet the unique needs of the women and children impacted by this disease and to ensure they have access to the services they need to survive and thrive.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: EGPAF is the only organization specifically dedicated to the elimination of pediatric AIDS. There are nearly 3.3 million children living with HIV around the world and 91% of those children are in sub-Saharan Africa. EGPAF works in partnership with national ministries of health and a range of other partners to provide localized responses to the spread of HIV in more than 7,000 sites around the world. EGPAF’s program implementation, research and advocacy activities are helping to eliminate HIV infection in infants and children and increase access to comprehensive, high-quality, and well-integrated services to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission and to provide care and treatment for HIV positive pregnant women, children and families. We can lay the foundation of an AIDS-free generation by ending AIDS in children.
Through 2015, EGPAF has committed to work for child survival and health by: The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation will leverage its programmatic expertise to advocate for the elimination of pediatric AIDS around the world. This includes advocacy for adoption and implementation of national policies that promote the use of more-effective ARV regimens for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the countries we work; support of the Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive; support of US efforts to create an AIDS free generation; and renewed efforts to improve pediatric HIV diagnosis, treatment, support and research, including greater uptake of services.
Save the Children contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
Save the Children USA focuses on saving maternal, newborn, and children’s lives by implementing its health and nutrition programs and by urging both governments and private organizations to prioritize maternal, newborn and child survival with our global advocacy campaigns. Through its global EVERY ONE campaign, Save the Children USA has advocated for frontline health workers, stunting reduction goals, and increased funding, U.S. government leadership and commitment in the fight to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. Its health and nutrition programs, SC/USA focuses on improving the delivery of high-impact, low-cost interventions that address the major causes of maternal, newborn, and child deaths, including neonatal causes (e.g., prematurity, birth asphyxia, and sepsis) , pneumonia, measles, diarrhea, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. Save the Children USA supports efforts to train and equip frontline health workers to deliver this care and respond rapidly in addressing the health needs of children during emergencies. SC/USA plans to spend more than $182 million this year globally on the health and nutrition of children, with a particular focus on priority countries such Pakistan, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
Save the Children gives a special focus to needs of poor or marginalized populations in development and humanitarian contexts. Our thematic areas are supported by cross-cutting areas of work including community systems strengthening and community mobilization, social and behavior change, communications, mHealth and health systems strengthening. SC/USA is especially known for its experience and expertise in newborn health, child health (especially community base management of pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria), and infant and young nutrition.
Through 2015, Save the Children has committed to work for child survival and health by:
Through 2015, Save the Children USA has committed to applying its theory of change to increase effective coverage of high impact maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition interventions in 13 countries. We plan to investing in innovative approaches to improving routine immunization coverage,, improving essential newborn care in humanitarian settings, models for reaching the urban poor, and improving access to information and services for adolescents and young mothers. We are also advocating for a U.S. legacy on maternal, newborn and child health issues by calling for a U.S.-Africa Partnership Initiative to be announced at the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in August.
World Relief contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: In a dozen countries between Central America, Africa, and Asia, World Relief engages community members to not only protect young lives, but establish an environment in which they can thrive. We engage parents in marriage-strengthening to build healthy, stable families and affect sustained behavior change; empower volunteers to share life-saving health messages to groups of mothers on a regular basis; train church members to care for people living with HIV/AIDS and help affected families prepare for the future; and mobilize volunteers to identify orphans and vulnerable children who will be brought under the holistic care of local church members. These are but a sampling of the programs in which we are seeing decreased rates of malnutrition, increased financial self-sufficiency among families, and an increased sense of ownership among church members over the vulnerable and marginalized in their communities.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: World Relief has been increasingly recognized for its Care Group Model, being implemented with great results in Mozambique, Burundi, and Rwanda. The method maximizes impact, with volunteers trained to regularly instruct a group of local mothers, who can then pass along those health promotion and risk prevention messages. Between 2009 and 2012 and in Mozambique alone, over 30,000 volunteers have been mobilized to reach over 235,000 households with impactful health messages.
Through 2015, World Relief has committed to work for child survival and health by: working to improve the nutritional and overall health of children under five through community case management of disease and malnutrition, implementation of village savings and loan groups, and promotion of small gardens for mothers. In order to ensure a holistic and sustainable approach, World Relief works in collaboration with Community Health Workers, volunteer mothers in the communities, churches, community leaders, and Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health officials as well as 18. Through church-run Community Based Child Care centers we will provide care and support to children through children clubs, early childhood development and sustainable feeding.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: The Foundation works to directly impact the lives of young children affected by HIV and AIDS in high-prevalence regions by ensuring that they are better able to realize their full potential for cognitive, social, and physical development. Our strategy focuses on building the capacity of caregivers and parents to meet their children’s developmental needs; strengthening community-based organizations; and achieving more effective practice and policy. Within the five targeted countries, Foundation partners include government representatives, UNICEF, international and national NGOs, community-based organizations (CBOs), and academic institutions.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: Worldwide, more than 18 million children under age 18 have lost one or both parents due to AIDS and millions more are indirectly affected because their families and communities are strained by other consequences of the epidemic. Although most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have national strategies in place to support children affected by HIV and AIDS, few programs are designed specifically to meet the special needs of children under five. What happens during the early years has long-term impacts – by investing in essential services for young children affected by HIV and AIDS, there is opportunity to mitigate harm and to prevent irreversible damage before it occurs.
Through 2015, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has committed to work for child survival and health by: Continuing to work toward our 5 year targets:
- 500,000 children benefit from early childhood services resulting in better birth to five development outcomes
- 300,000 caregivers receive knowledge and resources to help them enhance their children’s development.
- 100,000 community workers are trained to help parents and caregivers develop and practice support skills
- 1,000 community-based organizations and faith-based organizations receive resources to improve technical and organizational capacity to deliver early childhood development services
- 150,000 families affected by HIV/AIDS have measurably increased access to government, civil society, or private sector services (precise measure to be determined through evaluation planning)
- Knowledge transfer has taken place to inform practice and policy in and beyond target countries.
Ultimate Result: Young children living in high-prevalence HIV/AIDS areas are better able to
realize their cognitive, social, and physical development.
International Medical Corps contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: Our holistic approach prioritizes women and children, who are disproportionately affected by conflict and disease, including mental health and the provision of clean water, sanitation and hygiene. International Medical Corps places maternal, newborn and child health at the center of its emergency responses, as well as its development programs. Our nutrition programs focus on the prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition; prevention of chronic malnutrition in children under 2; prevention of malnutrition in pregnant and lactating women (PLW).
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: Our focus on women and children – who account for four of every five refugees in the world. As first-responders, International Medical Corps is one of the first organizations to provide care for children and women in disaster settings – and we remain in the communities where we work to build resilience and training for promoting health. During an emergency, the Minimum Initial Service Package for reproductive health (MISP) informs our approach to preventing excess maternal and newborn deaths. Post-crisis, we support national health systems from individual to community to health facilities. Our goal is to help communities reach new levels of health and well-being. Our nutrition program in emergency and development focus on children under five and pregnant and lactating women. We are also focusing on adolescent girls’ nutrition status to improve adolescent health and improve pregnancy outcomes later in life.
Through 2015, International Medical Corps has committed to work for child survival and health by:
- Ensuring that our nutrition, food security and livelihood (NFSL) programs contribute to improved nutrition outcomes in development and emergency settings;
- Increasing multi-sectorial integrated programming to improve child survival and health;
- Adopting a community-based approach that engages local populations and involves them as active partners giving them a stake in developing positive health outcomes;
- Anticipating and reducing barriers to access Sexual and Reproductive Health services;
- Building capacities of health care workers so they can provide quality family planning, delivery, and emergency obstetric and newborn care services;
- Training community outreach workers, including traditional birth attendants, to increase awareness and support referrals;
- Strengthening health systems through the provision of equipment and medical supplies, supporting supply chain management systems, improving service delivery, empowering health workforce, and fostering leadership; and
- Partnering with civil society, government ministries, private sector and other international organizations.
American Refugee Committee contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: The American Refugee Committee works with communities to help them take back control of their lives in the wake of conflict or disaster. We work to protect children through a variety of programs, such as child survival and health, safe delivery, nutrition, and protection programs. This year, ARC is piloting Asili, an integrated social enterprise platform to scale services to increase child survival in Eastern Congo.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: The ARC builds programs with a deep empathy for the experiences that children face in times of crisis. ARC programs help children survive and achieve wellbeing based on their lived experiences.
Through 2015, American Refugee Committee has committed to work for child survival and health by: Piloting the Asili program which focuses on increasing child survival in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which has the worst indicators for child and maternal health in DRC. Leading causes of mortality and morbidity among children under five are pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, and malnutrition—all preventable and treatable diseases. A diverse group of partners has joined Asili, and together the group has made a commitment to innovate and develop a targeted, integrated, and scalable delivery solution to dramatically improve child survival and maternal health. The Asili team—which consists of ARC, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IDEO.org, and several social enterprise partners—will bring best-of-class resources from the fields of humanitarian relief and development, social enterprise, and human-centered design to reduce child mortality.
With mothers in Eastern Congo, the team used a rigorous Human-Centered Design (HCD) process to co-design the Asili program, which is centered on a unique market-based approach where mothers play a leading role in improving conditions for their families and communities. That process allowed local customers, primarily mothers in the community, to identify their greatest needs, as well as how they would like to see those needs met. Out of the HCD process, a model of multiple businesses to meet multiple needs, all linked by a membership system and centralized data, was born. The program is designed as a plug-and-play business platform that allows the expansion of additional services over time—increasing viability and expanding both profitability and the value of the enterprise.
Over the next year, three Asili social enterprise zones will be established in South Kivu to provide residents with access to targeted interventions known to have a dramatic effect on protecting the lives of mothers and their young children. The Asili model is designed to be both scalable and replicable and could be used in other settings to improve child and maternal health.
As a global advocacy and campaigning organization, The Global Poverty Project (GPP) contributes to child survival and health by catalyzing a movement that raises public consciousness and calls on governments, multilaterals, and companies to alleviate the causes of extreme poverty. In accordance with our mission to end extreme poverty by 2030, GPP activates campaigns and events to address maternal and child health. We leverage our extensive network of Global Citizens, who take action on issues that ask corporations and key public officials to commit funds to accelerate progress on ending extreme poverty. We also host a series of strategically programmed festivals, including the Global Citizen Festival, which coincide with international summits.
Through 2015, GPP has committed to make maternal and child health a cornerstone of our campaigns and events. On June 26, we will host the Thank You Festival, a concert celebrating progress on child survival and calling on leaders for renewed commitments in this area. Global Citizens have an opportunity to win tickets to this event by taking specific actions related to MDGs 4 and 5. This campaign focus will continue through 2015, with the Global Citizen Festival in September, Global Citizen Nights events throughout the fall and a Global Citizen event again next spring. The stages of each event will offer a platform for leaders to make large commitments in the areas of maternal and child health, and the events themselves will raise public awareness on these issues through large-scale broadcast, advertising and public relations campaigns. This year, we anticipate that our campaign for children will:
- Secure leaders who will champion the prioritization of child survival and child protection as part of the post-2015 agenda.
- Generate 1 million actions taken by 200,000 global citizens in support of child survival and protection.
- Zero in on the GAVI replenishment (raising $7.5 billion to immunize 300 million children between 2015 and 2020 to save between 5 and 6 million lives) as well as maintaining government commitments to polio eradication as core campaign priorities. As diarrhea-related deaths are responsible for the most deaths of children under 5, water and sanitation has additionally been made a core focus of campaigning efforts over the next 18 months.
- Reach 500 million citizens through campaign media, social media, influencers to highlight progress already made on child survival and protection.
By committing to champion maternal and child heath within the broader Global Citizen movement, we believe we will create tangible changes that improve and empower the lives of children throughout the world.
WASH Advocates contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
Children under five years of age benefit the most when safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services are provided to their families, schools, and communities. Since 2005, WASH Advocates has raised awareness of the global WASH challenge, and has converted that heightened awareness into political will and increased financial and technical resources for the sector. To help celebrate America’s investment in global health programs and the six million additional children who will celebrate their fifth birthday this year as a result, WASH Advocates commits to funding and launching a second round of its WASH Advocacy Challenge. These grants and training programs will create and strengthen political will for safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene in developing countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
A distinctive characteristic of WASH Advocates’ work for children includes:
WASH Advocates focuses its efforts entirely on the global WASH challenge, and entirely on advocacy. We strengthen enabling environments for WASH in the United States and in developing countries rather than directly provide water and sanitation services. Children bear the brunt of the global WASH crisis, and are also an important piece of the solution. Children throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America are some of the strongest WASH advocates, educating each other, their teachers and families on water, sanitation, and hygiene behavior change.
Through 2015, WASH Advocates has committed to work for child survival and health by: investing an additional $50,000 – $100,000 in our small grants program known as the WASH Advocacy Challenge. These grants, and complementary training, will strengthen the efforts of national and subnational WASH advocacy efforts in at least five developing countries. The work funded by these grants will strengthen the social contract in program countries, reinforce the linkages between rule of law and development assistance, and provide more safe drinking water and sanitation, more sustainably, to more communities.
PSI contributes to child survival and maternal health by implementing integrated programs that prevent and treat malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and HIV/AIDS, and improve nutrition, increase access to family planning and reproductive health, sanitation and hygiene. PSI has programs in 69 countries worldwide. PSI’s child survival strategy focuses on piloting innovative approaches to improving child and maternal health by applying proven private sector mechanisms sector and market-based interventions at scale.
PSI implements integrated community case management through community health workers in 5 African countries and improves fever case management in the private health sector by piloting the introduction of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) in 3 African countries. In Myanmar and Cambodia, PSI increases access to affordable, quality-assured ACTs and RDTs to help curb the spread of resistant malaria parasites. PSI also monitors malaria diagnosis and treatment markets in 10 countries, producing data for decision-makers worldwide. PSI distributes 200 million long lasting insecticidal (LLINs) nets in 39 countries. PSI leverages its behavior change communications expertise to promote exclusive breast-feeding and appropriate complementary feeding, and promotes home fortification through micronutrient powders and fortified food for children over six months to alleviate under-nutrition among children and women during pregnancy and prevent chronic under-nutrition. PSI’s mission in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is to improve the health of low-income households through increased access to and use of WASH products and services, such as household water treatment, latrines and soap. PSI applies its expertise in social marketing and social franchising to change behaviors, strengthen supply chains, and improve the capacity of providers to deliver affordable, equitable and quality services. PSI has market-based sanitation projects in 8 countries; promotes the use of household water treatment in 30 countries; and has evidence-based handwashing programs in 4 countries.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: Our belief in the value of measurement, pragmatism; acting with integrity, collaboration; trusting in our staff; and building local capacity and programs that last. This means that PSI can support national health plans to improve child survival by going to scale quickly with proven interventions and leveraging the health delivery opportunities presented by the private, public and civil sectors.
Through 2015, PSI has committed to work for child survival and health by:
1. Maximizing malaria prevention by remaining a global leader in LLIN delivery.
2. Launching and scaling up treatment for malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.
3. Piloting and scaling up high-impact interventions to control pneumonia and improve nutrition, sanitation and neonatal health.
1,000 Days contributes to child survival and health in the following ways
1,000 Days promotes action and investment to improve nutrition for women and children during the critical 1,000 days from a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday, when better nutrition can have a life-changing impact on a child’s future and help break the cycle of poverty.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
Founded as a result of the powerful evidence showing the critical importance of nutrition in the first 1,000 days, the 1,000 Days Partnership was launched by the U.S. and Irish Governments in 2010 to promote greater action and investment in maternal and young child nutrition. Since then, 1,000 Days has mobilized advocates, thought-leaders, policymakers and its network of over 80 partners in order to improve nutrition for women and children globally.
Through 2015, 1,000 Days has committed to work for child survival and health by:
1,000 Days will continue to serve as a platform to align and mobilize actors across sectors for greater investments and global action on maternal and child nutrition, including specifically, a new effort to inform and activate a U.S. constituency of supporters to build and sustain both public and political will for maternal and child nutrition.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: AAP, a US-based not-for-profit membership organization of 62,000 pediatricians, and pediatric medical and surgical specialists, is dedicated to the health of all children. The AAP supports the Every Newborn Action Plan and previously committed to saving newborn lives through our Helping Babies Breathe 2011 Every Woman, Every Child Commitment. Our new commitment through the Survive and Thrive GDA is to save at least 100,000 newborn lives each year – and to facilitate future in-country ability to continue saving newborn lives – by scaling up the Helping Babies Survive training and quality improvement initiative in partnership with health professional associations in India, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.
In 2011, the AAP committed to reducing newborn mortality and morbidity through training, technical assistance, and scale-up of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), designed to ensure child survival and prevent birth asphyxia and implemented in 63 countries. At the 2012 Call to Action, AAP partnered in the Survive and Thrive (S&T) GDA to address additional causes of neonatal mortality. With S&T partners, AAP developed the Helping Babies Survive (HBS) suite of additional modules to combat neonatal mortality including Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) launched in June, 2014 which provides guidance on breastfeeding, thermal protection, infection prevention, immunization, and other elements; and Essential Care for Small Babies (ECSB) that guides the provider in the care of the well, small baby who needs more than what is taught in ECEB.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
The AAP advocates for access to health care for all children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP believes that each child should have a “medical home”—a model of health care where care is accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate and culturally effective. The AAP works with government, communities and other national organizations to improve child adolescents, and family health.
Through 2015, AAP has committed to work for child survival and health by:
In 20014, we will launch our new commitment to helping 100,000 babies survive and thrive with scale up of Helping Babies Survive with GDA and other resource partners, and with health professional associations from India, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.
Abt Associates contributes to child survival and healthy children in the following ways:
Abt implements sustainable health programs across the continuum of care. Examples include: doubling ANC attendance in Nigeria using community outreach: improving MNCH hospital services in Azerbaijan, Dominican Republic, and Jordan; enhancing providers’ and volunteers’ knowledge of infant and child feeding practices in Zambia; increasing HIV testing rates of exposed children to 100% in parts of Mozambique; referring under-vaccinated children in Mali for routine immunizations, contributing to reductions in child mortality by half; helping develop the first nationwide mobile health information service in Bangladesh for mothers; and reducing the impact of malaria on four million children through indoor residual spraying in Africa.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
Abt’s leadership in private sector engagement and health systems strengthening distinguishes our work. The Abt-led Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector project set the standard in improving access to and demand for ORS and zinc combined therapy. Through innovative engagement of local manufacturers and other private sector players we have treated more than 2 million diarrheal episodes in Ghana and 700,000 in Nigeria. We leverage health financing tools (like insurance, vouchers, and performance-based incentives) to stimulate demand for child health services, and enhance their provision and quality. We also identify task shifting opportunities and work to improve supply chains.
Through 2015 and beyond, Abt Associates has committed to work for child survival and health by:
Abt is committed to fulfilling our mission to improve the lives of people worldwide. We will continue to strengthen the systems which are critical to deliver high-impact child health services; use cutting-edge technology to prevent and control infectious diseases; engage the private sector to increase reach and improve self-sufficiency of families; and collect and use evidence to inform policies that enhance child health services. We will work to increase coverage of key interventions that address the primary causes of newborn and child mortality (like ORS and zinc, immunization, malaria prevention and treatment) and increase uptake of voluntary family planning.
ASTMH contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: We are a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious diseases, including malaria, diarrhea and others that disproportionately afflict the global poor. Research, health care and education are the central activities of ASTMH members, whose work bridges basic laboratory research to international field work and clinics to global programs.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: As a Society with Hygiene in its name, our members have a unique understanding of the role WASH plays in the promotion of health – especially in the case of children. Deaths from diseases like cholera and diarrhea – some of the most aggressive killers worldwide – can be significantly curbed through improved sanitation and better access to clean water.
Through 2015, ASTMH has committed to work for child survival and health by: Highlighting and publicizing new research. Through the ongoing publication of information in the Society’s journal, at the Annual Meeting and through social media, ASTMH members advance our understanding of diseases affecting children and inform our approach to reducing child mortality worldwide.
CMMB contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
As part of our new global strategic platform, CMMB will focus on women and children’s health as a means to identify and respond to gaps in health care at the community level. CMMB is launching a movement of partners called “CHAMPS” (CHildren And Mothers PartnershipS), which will offer an integrated model (of high-quality health programs, medicines, and volunteers) that will deliver impact-driven, sustainable health services at the community level.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
Each CHAMPS site will feature community-led, multi-year efforts to address the leading causes of death among women and children, such as diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria. It will link and strengthen both community-based and facility-based health services. In addition, CHAMPS will address additional influencers of good health, including water and sanitation, agriculture/nutrition, and economic development. CHAMPS will serve as our primary model for improving health and building strong communities for the future.
By 2020, with the help of our partners, CMMB has committed to work for child survival and health by:
Working to establish 16 CHAMPS sites in some of the most challenging parts of the world. The unique nature of the CHAMPS program will be its ability to accommodate the individual needs of each country location, taking into consideration existing cultural and environmental challenges. The CHAMPS goal is always the same, but the local response will be customized. This integrated model allows for flexibility to implement the most effective approach to serve women, children and their communities.
CORE Group contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
CORE Group improves and expands community health practices for underserved populations, especially women and children, through collaborative action and learning. CORE Group is committed to ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths through community health approaches. Through our Community Health Network, CORE Group brings together its 70+ Member and Associate organizations and global health experts to increase the equity, impact, and sustainability of maternal and child health programming around the world. CORE Group also supports eight, volunteer-led Working Groups to share knowledge and experiences, identify gaps and promising innovations, and collaborate to create and disseminate the next generation of evidence-based tools and guidance for community health programming.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
CORE Group convenes its expansive network for knowledge-sharing and learning through in-person Global Health Practitioner Conferences and meetings, and online webinars and discussion forum. CORE Group serves as a neutral space to foster strategic partnerships for global and in-country collaboration and for accelerating the ease and pace of implementing community-level efforts worldwide. Our vision is of a world where everyone can attain health and well-being. Our tools reflect a community health approach used by our member organizations: includes underserved people, notably women and children; enables communities to collect and use data to solve health problems; trains and supports community health workers to prevent and treat health problems and address health-related issues; fosters partnerships between civil society, the formal health care system and other stakeholders; and advocates for policies and resources that support healthy communities.
Through 2015, CORE Group has committed to work for child survival and health by:
- Strengthening the collaboration of our Community Health Network to share learning and create tools to improve child survival.
- Fostering partnership programs to improve newborn care and survival at the community and household level in 2-3 MCH priority countries.
Church World Service contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
CWS contributes to child survival and health by eradicating hunger and poverty, and promoting peace and justice. CWS provides children with sustainable sources of food, clean water, education and protection that focus on children on more than a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe.
Our food programs touch children’s lives in Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia and Paraguay. Children face reduced risk thanks to our protection work in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brazil and Uruguay.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
Our asset-based community development approach is highly contextualized to make sure we afford children the best possible chances to overcome their circumstances and not just survive, but thrive. CWS recognizes the unique vulnerabilities faced by ethnic minorities, women and girls, and those displaced. We work with these communities to find appropriate solutions that foster empowerment and resilience.
Through 2015, Church World Service has committed to work for child survival and health by:
We will continue to address the needs of children through programming that addresses chronic hunger, the need for clean water, safe education and protection, and hone our vision for a better world as we strategically plan for the future.
The Franciscan Action Network contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
The Franciscan Action Network is raising awareness of the need to provide children with healthy environments and protect the dignity of life across the entire lifespan. FAN seeks to protect the safety of children by advocating for peace, human rights and the protection of family unity, as well as stricter gun enforcement policies. In addition, FAN seeks to transform environments so that they include cleaner air and water, and promote childhood nutrition programs that increase access to more healthful, fresh food for all. Through its climate webinar series, FAN educates the public and provides policy strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that damage the health of children, particularly in low-income and marginalized communities. For example, recent webinars have provided information on how eating a diet with less red meat and more farm-fresh produce is good for both our health and the health of the environment. FAN members are working to connect children to the source of their food – incorporating an awareness about nutrition and gardening into youth education – while also actively working to increase access to fresh food for children in schools and communities.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
Seeking to model their lives off of St. Francis and St. Clare, members of the Franciscan Action Network strive to protect the dignity of all persons across the entire lifespan through working towards justice, peace, and integrity of creation. The unique Franciscan approach recognizes the interconnectedness of all things and our call to care for the health of children and the environments surrounding us, because of our universal kinship with the rest of God’s creation. The Franciscan Action Network recognizes that the early years of life are a critical time to develop and foster holistic lifestyle practices and a sense of well-being that can stay with children throughout their entire lives.
Through 2015, the Franciscan Action Network has committed to work for child survival and health by:
Educating members, young adults, and the general public about the need for safer, healthier communities to protect the health of children, and connecting people with resources and tools for inspiring community change.
Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is the leading source of accurate, objective and timely information about the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Maria in the U.S. Specifically targeting policy leaders and decision-makers in Washington, D.C., Friends shares information on the approach the Global Fund takes and the results it achieves. In addition, it fosters collaboration between the Global Fund and the U.S. government’s bilateral organizations. In this capacity, Friends supports the Global Fund’s efforts to improve the health of millions of children through support for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria interventions.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: Friends leverages hundreds of millions of dollars for the Global Fund annually in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria – resources that greatly impact women and children worldwide. Friends has been instrumental in increasing U.S. funding for the Global Fund from $435 million in 2005, the year after Friends was founded, to more than a billion dollars today.
Global Fund-supported programs have provided 2.4 million HIV-positive pregnant women with antiretroviral treatments for prevention of mother-to-child transmission and delivered 6.9 million basic care and support services to orphans and other vulnerable children. Global Fund-related programs have distributed 360 million insecticide-treated nets and treated 330 million cases of malaria, a disease to which children under 5 are especially susceptible.
Through 2015, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has committed to work for child survival and health by: In the last 10 years, the Global Fund has directed approximately $6.6 billion toward improvements in maternal and child health, with an additional $3.3 billion scheduled to be disbursed for these efforts in the next few years. In the coming years, Friends will work to ensure the robust funding levels required for the Global Fund to continue this work, helping to prevent the deaths of millions of children under the age of five.
Futures Group contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
Futures Group works at national and local levels to improve the health and well-being of women and children in developing countries. Our maternal and child health efforts encompass a wide range of services, including building the evidence base through implementation science, strengthening the policy environment; building the capacity of civil society to encourage advocacy and community mobilization, social marketing and public-private partnership development; and using economic analysis, forecasting and modeling for policy development and resource allocation. Futures Group also works to strengthen and monitor the progress of national responses to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
Governments, the private sector, communities and NGOs require knowledge and solutions to establish priorities and diagnose the root causes of problems and gaps. They need insight to creatively and efficiently manage and deploy their resources to tackle these problems in the here and now—and for the long-term. Futures Group utilizes a data-driven approach to identify effective and efficient interventions to protect and improve the health of children, and to forge lasting partnerships to meet the needs of children. We help to improve efficiency and effectiveness of country owned and run programs.
Through 2015, Futures Group has committed to work for child survival and health by:
With support from the US and UK governments, Futures Group and our partners are supporting programs worldwide to improve maternal and child health. For example, with support from the UK government, Futures Group and our partners are working to sustainably build the capacity of the public health sector in Nigeria to deliver quality assured and enhanced maternal, newborn and child health and immunisation interactions. By 2018, these services will save the lives of more than 100,000 women and children in six Northern Nigeria states – Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara, Yobe, Jigawa and Katsina.
GAPPS contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: GAPPS leads a collaborative, global effort to increase awareness and accelerate innovative research and interventions that will improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes around the world by focusing on improving understanding of the causes and mechanisms of premature birth and stillbirth.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: Collaboration drives GAPPS’ work. We bring people from different fields together to generate innovative approaches to understanding pregnancy, preterm birth and stillbirth. We advocate for evidence-driven treatment for mothers and infants, but know that ultimately, prevention of preterm birth and stillbirth is key to reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.
Through 2015, GAPPS has committed to work for child survival and health through:
- The Preventing Preterm Birth initiative, part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health, seeks to discover biological mechanisms that lead to preterm birth and develop innovative strategies for prevention, with particular focus on solutions relevant to LMICs where 99% of the world’s infant deaths occur. The initiative has funded seven research projects and two international pregnancy research sites so scientists can investigate the high burden of preterm birth and stillbirth in LMICs.
- The GAPPS Repository is the first standardized, widely-accessible collection of high-quality specimens linked to data from diverse populations of pregnant women and supports research on normal and abnormal pregnancies, including how pregnancy affects maternal and child health after delivery, and fetal origins of diseases. The collection includes contributions from women representing a range of racial, ethnic, regional and socioeconomic backgrounds. It also offers technical assistance to increase harmonization across research sites to advance basic and translational research. The repository model is being expanded to LMICs to improve research and development for upstream discovery and downstream implementation/operations research.
- GAPPS, in conjunction with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, March of Dimes and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been developing a coalition of global funders of preterm birth research to be known as the Global Coalition to Advance Preterm birth Research (G-CAPR) to identify and advance priority research through expanded networks, communications, and collaborations among organizations to fund the research needed to reduce preterm birth.
The GAVI Alliance contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: The GAVI Alliance, an innovative public-private partnership, was launched in 2000 to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunization in developing countries, where more than 85 percent of the world’s unvaccinated children live. From 2000 to 2013, with support from the United States; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the private sector, including the vaccine industry; developing country governments; the World Health Organization; UNICEF; the World Bank and civil society, the GAVI Alliance has helped immunize an additional 440 million children, saving six million lives.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: By bringing all of the key stakeholders in global immunization together around one mission, the GAVI Alliance combines the technical expertise of the development community with the business know-how of the private sector into a common mission: to increase access to life-saving vaccines in the countries that need them the most.
Rather than duplicate the services of the many players in the field of health and vaccines, the GAVI Alliance leverages the unique capabilities of its partners to become greater than the sum of their parts. It is country led, while working with partners with widespread field presence to deliver programs. The GAVI Alliance’s unique model has not only created market-based solutions to significantly reduce the cost of vaccines, but also requires all GAVI-eligible countries to contribute financially toward the cost of the vaccines. These innovations strengthen the long-term sustainability of the GAVI Alliance’s immunization programs in the developing world.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: As the largest public health financier, the Global Fund is deeply committed to child survival efforts. Since its inception in 2002, Global Fund financing has contributed to improving the health of millions of people through support for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria interventions that heavily impact women and children worldwide.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: Global Fund-supported programs have provided 2.4 million HIV-positive pregnant women with antiretroviral treatments for prevention of mother-to-child transmission and delivered 6.9 million basic care and support services to orphans and other vulnerable children. Global Fund-related programs have distributed 360 million insecticide-treated nets and treated 330 million cases of malaria, a disease to which children under 5 are especially susceptible. Also, Global Fund investments in health system strengthening activities has develop the capacity of national health systems and addresses system-wide weaknesses. The benefits of this investment is seen across several disease outcomes and beyond, specifically reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) outcomes.
Through 2015, the Global Fund has committed to work for child survival and health by: It is estimated that between 2003 and 2010, the Global Fund contributed US$ 3.12 billion to maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) overall. In 2010, the Global Fund’s contribution as a share of the total official development assistance (ODA) to MNCH for 74 priority countries was estimated at approximately 12 percent.
The new funding model (NFM) presents a key opportunity to maximize synergies of Global Fund investments and further impact the health of women and children. Global Fund flexibility has enabled very ambitious integration strategies to date and the NFM further enables the organization to proactively pursue opportunities for leveraging synergies among its disease-specific and health system strengthening funding and broader RMNCH needs.
The Global Fund has a longstanding partnership with UNICEF; a partnership that was reinforced through an April 2014 agreement to integrate investments in lifesaving commodities. The two organizations agreed to jointly identify countries where investments in commodities to prevent and treat HIV, tuberculosis and malaria could be better coordinated with those designed to improve overall maternal, newborn and child health. To start, such commodities could include iron and folic acid, tetanus vaccinations, syphilis screening and treatment for pregnant women, and antibiotics to treat pneumonia and oral rehydration salts and zinc to treat diarrheal disease in children.
Habitat for Humanity contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
By working with low-income families around the world to upgrade or build a home with access to clean water and sanitation, Habitat for Humanity provides a healthier environment for children to thrive. Access to basic services is critical to every Habitat home. We also have specific programs that target water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). We provide training to promote health with an emphasis on prevention of malaria with insecticide-treated mosquito nets and prevention of the spread of HIV through methods as seemingly simple as secure locks to prevent entry of potential rapists. Improved housing reduced the odds of respiratory infection, gastrointestinal illness, or malaria by 44% in children under 5 years old.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes our recognition that a stable place to live not only improves children’s physical health but also their emotional well-being, giving them the chance to make the most of educational opportunities and thus excel into adulthood. Our Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programs help children like teenager Chief Chimaliro, who had watched in despair as his father died of cholera, his younger sister died of malaria, and his younger brother suffered stomach problems that eventually led to his death. All were preventable diseases. Four years ago, Chief and his only remaining family — mother Annie and sister Susan — qualified for a house through our OVC program in Malawi. Since moving into that simple, durable house with adequate water and sanitation facilities, the Chimaliro family has not suffered any illness. Further, Chief has been able to focus on farming, so he doesn’t have to leave his family for long stretches to find menial work elsewhere. He now dreams of going to vocational school and becoming an auto mechanic. Launched in 2010, the OVC program focuses not only on providing decent housing but also on encouraging new livelihoods for families most at risk.
Through 2015, Habitat for Humanity has committed to work for child survival and health by building safe, decent affordable houses around the world, upgrading homes with low-income families through programs such as our microfinance initiative, and advocating for systems and policies that promote access to all factors that housing requires, as well as sustainable cities and human settlements. In the 38 years since Habitat was founded, thousands more children around the world have grown up in safe, affordable homes and changed the predictable trajectory of life in poverty. We will continue to provide such homes through a growing number of global programs and local initiatives in the decades ahead.
IntraHealth International contributes to child survival and healthy children in the following ways: IntraHealth improves the health and well-being of all people, especially the youngest and most vulnerable, living in the countries and communities where we work. We empower health workers throughout the world to better serve their communities by improving their performance and strengthening the systems in which they work. For more than 35 years, we have been a leader in innovative, effective strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children, partnering with governments, civil society, and the private sector to ensure the equitable delivery of high-quality maternal, newborn, and child health services.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
Health workers—especially those on the front lines of care—are essential to delivering lifesaving medicines and health care to children in need. At IntraHealth, we believe that a well-distributed, skilled, and productive health workforce is critical to addressing global health challenges and saving children’s lives. Health workers educate parents on keeping children healthy and provide facility-based and home care to children in need. Through innovations such as mobile phone applications for frontline health workers in India, community-based distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets in Senegal, and creative partnerships to actively engage local communities in addressing their own needs, IntraHealth ensures that health workers are equipped to save lives.
Through 2015 and beyond, IntraHealth International has committed to work for child survival and health by:
IntraHealth is committed to empowering health workers and ensuring that they have the skills and tools they need to care for the specific needs of children. Over the past year, more than 178,000 health workers benefitted from our programs around the world. In turn, those health workers provided high-quality care to 356 million people globally. To expand our impact and save even more lives—including those of mothers, newborns, and children—we are committed to increasing the number of health workers we reach each year, and will reach more than 400,000 annually by 2020.
Jubilee USA contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: Jubilee USA works to end the structural causes of global poverty. We are particularly focused on the impact of the debt crisis on vulnerable populations; currently, the poorest countries in the world spend five times as much money paying off debt as they receive in official aid. Our efforts have helped to win more than $130 billion in debt relief for those countries, rallying the support of both Republicans and Democrats and important institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. That money has helped reduce child mortality rates and improved the socio-economic conditions of vulnerable communities in countries receiving relief. In Burundi, for example, debt relief funds were earmarked for providing free health care to children under five and building rural health clinics.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: Jubilee USA is proud of its ability to move people of all faiths and political backgrounds to work together to end the root causes of global poverty. Congressional Quarterly has noted the importance of Jubilee’s bipartisan efforts to end global poverty, a particularly important distinction in the context of current partisanship gridlock in Washington. We are also proud of the focus of our work on structural change and empowerment. We are working to reform the financial system in ways that decrease poverty and child mortality while simultaneously giving economic decision-making power to vulnerable communities that have long been shut out by corruption and a lack of transparency in the financial system. We believe this represents the best avenue for improving the lives of children in the long term.
Through 2015, Jubilee USA has committed to work for child survival and health by: introducing the bipartisan Jubilee Act for Responsible Lending and Borrowing, which would expand debt relief to additional countries and put into place rules to ensure that international lending and borrowing are done responsibly. Irresponsible lending and borrowing hurts children living in poverty by diverting resources needed to build health clinics, pay for medicine, combat HIV/AIDS and pay the salaries of doctors and nurses. Jubilee USA is committed to building a global financial system that is transparent and accountable to the needs of the world’s most vulnerable, and nobody is more vulnerable than young children living in poverty. We are honored to participate in the 5th Birthday and Beyond coalition.
Laerdal contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
Laerdal has committed financial support of $35 million by 2015 and $55 million by 2017. Half of this commitment will be used to fund the not-for-profit company Laerdal Global Health to help the American Academy of Pediatrics and other alliance partners develop, field-test and implement training modules for Helping Babies Survive training programs, and to develop innovative training and therapeutic products to support these programs. The other half of the commitment is channeled through the Laerdal Foundation for awards to practically oriented research projects to reduce maternal and newborn mortality.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
Laerdal Global Health is a founding partner in two global development alliances, Helping Babies Breathe and Survive & Thrive. Our goal is tohelp make lifesaving easier to learn and remember, and to make lifesaving tools for birth attendants in low resource settings both more efficient and affordable. This has so far led to the launch of several education modules under the Helping Babies Survive and Helping Mothers Survive programs, training simulators like NeoNatalie and MamaNatalie, the Penguin Suction Device and the Upright Newborn Resuscitator.
At the launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan Laerdal is pleased to announce support of $ 1 million to each of two new initiatives:
10,000 Happy Birthdays: The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and Laerdal have joined hands to ensure that 10,000 midwives in Zambia and Malawi will be trained, equipped and supported in the Helping Babies Breathe and Helping Mothers Survive programs.
Helping 100,000 Babies Survive and Thrive: This program under the Survive & Thrive private-public partnership will target newborn mortality in India, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The focus is to save 100,000 babies through implementing the Helping Babies Survive programs.
Through 2015, Laerdal Global Health has committed to work for child survival and health by pursuing our goal:
To help save 250,000 more lives per year by 2015 (base line 2010).
ONE contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: ONE contributes to child survival and health through our global advocacy and campaigns work. More than 5 million ONE members around the world write letters, sign petitions, and organize events to campaign for government policies supporting development-related programs, including increased funding for child health and broader foreign assistance programs. ONE staff also works directly with key decision-makers around the world to advocate for child survival funding and to generate support for multilateral institutions such as the GAVI Alliance and the Global Fund. In addition, (RED), a division of ONE, engages businesses and consumers to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS, with a particular focus on reducing the transmission of HIV from mother to child.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: ONE’s distinctive brand of advocacy is both global (across the US, Europe, and Africa) and membership-driven. We advocate for cost-effective, sustainable programs that will improve child health in both the short and long-term, while also promoting investments in other sectors crucial for health and economic development. We have a large social media presence that helps drive awareness of these issues and provides channels through which our members can use their voice and reach out to their elected officials. We work to bridge the pop culture and policy worlds by developing advocacy products that are both substantive and creative, such as a new report linking the World Cup to global vaccine programs. And finally, we leverage the voices of our high-profile champions to ensure global attention on the work of reducing preventable child deaths.
Through 2015, ONE has committed to work for child survival and health by: Through 2015, ONE will work for child survival through a variety of campaigns. We are currently launching a full-scale, global campaign to advocate for increased funding to the GAVI Alliance to help fund child vaccination programs. In addition, we will continue our annual advocacy for increased funding for child health programs. (RED) will continue partnering with the private sector to increase funding for AIDS programs, and particularly for PMTCT programs. Finally, we will continue our advocacy around the post-2015 agenda and push for a strong health goal that includes a target focused on ending preventable child mortality.
Rotary contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
Through leveraging the efforts of our global network of volunteers, Rotary aims to eradicate polio via fundraising, advocacy, and awareness-raising activities. Our work enables the detection and interruption of wild poliovirus transmission, increases routine immunizations, helps contain and certify the eradication of polio strains, and creates a sophisticated global surveillance and response network that can be used to combat other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Rotary grants provided to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative buy vaccine and cold chain equipment and offer additional support to ensure every child is reached. Our funds also help train health workers and support the laboratories that monitor polio transmission and test suspected cases of polio. Thousands of Rotary volunteers have been mobilized to work with national ministries of health, UNICEF, World Health Organization and, significantly, with local, grassroots health providers.
Rotary members in the United States and across the globe will continue to raise funds and awareness until the world is certified polio free. While Rotary’s highest priority is polio eradication, clubs also undertake a wide range of projects in our six areas of focus that address child survival and health or help foster community support for it. These include maternal and child health, disease prevention and treatment, peace and conflict prevention/resolution, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
Rotary, as a community-based, network of civically active business and professional leaders in over 200 countries, is uniquely positioned to serve as volunteers and advocates for child survival and health at the local community level and beyond.
Through 2015, Rotary will work for child survival and health by:
- Raising funds among our membership and the general public and expending up to a minimum of US$35 million, with emphasis on activities in the polio endemic and high risk countries.
- Reaching out to donor and polio affected country governments as well as corporations to secure funding and political support for polio eradication.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work in more than 190 countries and territories to save and to improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
UNICEF has helped to save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization since 1946. Guided by the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has a global mandate to save children’s lives and build their futures.
Through 2015, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has committed to work for child survival and health by:
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is stepping up its efforts to raise funds to support UNICEF’s child survival and health programs. It also will continue to mobilize a constituency of concerned Americans who will press the decision-makers in Washington to create the political will and the resources needed to achieve the objective of A Promised Renewed to eliminate preventable deaths of children under five by 2035.
BD contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
- Ensuring the safety of childhood vaccinations through manufacturing and supply of low cost ‘auto-disable’ immunization syringes.
- Supporting the global initiative to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). BD co-founded this initiative with UNICEF (through the US Fund for UNICEF) in 1998. Since then, 34 of the 59 target countries have eliminated MNT. UNICEF’s partners include the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), USAID, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Immunisation Basics, Government of Japan and JICA, Save the Children, GAVI, BD, P&G (Pampers), PATH, RMHC, the Gates Foundation, Kiwanis International and UNICEF National committees and governments throughout the world.
- Strengthening health and laboratory systems in collaboration with public sector partners, such as the ‘Labs for Life’ initiative with PEPFAR (U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and CDC.
- Supporting organizations that care for vulnerable children, such as the Nyumbani Children’s Home for HIV+ children in Kenya.
- Working to eliminate violence against children by supporting the Together for Girls partnership, founded in 2009 by a BD executive.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children is the highly collaborative, cross-sector approach we pursue to address the fundamental unmet health needs of children. BD is engaged in collaborative initiatives with many of the world’s foremost agencies and nonprofit organizations devoted to improving the health and well-being of children. BD leaders serve in official leadership capacities in public sector agencies such as the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children, and on the boards of the US Fund for UNICEF and the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria.Through 2015, BD has committed to work in collaboration with key stakeholder organizations and agencies and utilize the company’s core competencies to bring to scale new innovations to address leading causes of maternal and newborn mortality, beginning with the BD Odon Device™ for assisted childbirth. Following completion of clinical trials demonstrating safety and efficacy, BD plans to manufacture and distribute the BD Odon Device at scale, in a manner that creates broad access in countries that have a high burden of maternal and newborn mortality. To accomplish this, the company is engaging with the Saving Lives at Birth partners including USAID and Grand Challenges Canada, and with the WHO.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: a focus on the extreme poor in hard to reach areas in fragile contexts, particularly those with the highest maternal, neonatal and child mortality rates. Concern aims to address three dimensions of poverty; assets and a return on assets, inequalities and risk and vulnerabilities.
Through 2015, Concern has committed to work for child survival and health by:
- Strengthening systems at community/district/national level to ensure equitable and sustainable coverage of quality MNCH services and behaviors, and to ensure equitable and sustainable access to quality water, sanitation and a healthy environment in at least six Concern country contexts
- Strengthening systems at community, district and national level to prevent undernutrition in at least four Concern country contexts by 2015
- Understanding and addressing drivers of poor health and nutrition among the extreme poor via well-designed, integrated programs and responsive advocacy (using the assets, inequality, risk & vulnerability lens) in at least ten Concern country contexts by 2015
- Preventing excess mortality and morbidity among emergency-affected populations through effective emergency response in MNCH, nutrition and WASH
- Actively disseminating learning from programs and staying abreast of global best practice in MNCH, WASH and nutrition
- Providing high quality technical support to develop the capacity of Concern staff to achieve the above objectives
- Implementing the specific commitments made to the Every Newborn Action Plan under the Every Woman Every Child movement.
- Identifying, developing and testing innovative solutions to overcome barriers to accessing essential MNCH services through Concern’s Innovations for MNCH initiative, and scale up successful innovations.
- Complementing health activities through integration with other sectors where Concern is active such as livelihoods, education and emergency programs.
EDC contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
EDC believes that health paves the way for learning and success and we address health issues as part of our core mission worldwide. We partner with government, international NGOs, and foundations to advocate for and advance health initiatives globally. Specifically:
- we work with adolescents to reduce gender-based violence. Whether in life skills curriculum or sexual and reproductive health education activities, EDC engages young people in developing an understanding of positive gender relations, healthy interpersonal interactions, and methods for violence prevention.
- we provide youth with comprehensive sexuality education and life skills to mitigate the impact of HIV-AIDS in their lives and communities. EDC supports local governments, including ministries of education and health, to improve HIV prevention curriculum, train teachers, engage young people, and strengthen communities to prevent new HIV infections among adolescents, as well as reduce stigma around HIV and AIDS.
- EDC works with youth, leaders, and clinicians to improve the delivery of youth-friendly services. Where this is often a major barrier to adolescents’ accessing health services, EDC engages young people to identify problems and develop solutions to improve service delivery, outreach and quality. These activities increase care seeking among young people and improves long-term treatment adherence for chronic health issues.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
EDC is a catalyst for workable and sustainable solutions in communities around the world. We are known for working collaboratively, asking the right questions, and creating effective and lasting change. EDC is also practical, and we meet young people where they are – in or out of school – and offer them information and activities that are tailored to their learning needs, preferences, and cultural nuances. We also focus on young people as active learners, we link them with opportunities, and help them network with other youth to share ideas and take action together.
Through 2015, EDC has committed to work for child survival and health by:
We are committed to integrating health promotion into broader programs serving in-school, out-of-school, and at-risk youth in the settings where youth are most likely to be found and served, such as schools, youth centers, or vocational training programs. We will continue to create health education programs and interventions based on our long track record of reaching girls, hard-to-reach youth, and young people who are not in school.
Global Health Council (GHC) is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. GHC envisions a world where health for all is ensured through equitable, inclusive, and sustainable investment, policies and services. GHC advocates for continued investment in and visibility of critical global health issues prioritizing ending preventable maternal, newborn and child death. We provide critical support to the global health community to improve coordination, information sharing and partnership for policy and programming around maternal, newborn, and child health.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes:
GHC organizational membership is open to the non-profit and for-profit sectors including NGOs, faith-based organizations, corporations and academic institutions; government, foundations and other donors and agencies. As a result our members represent all aspects of the multi-sectoral partnerships that have been so important in realizing the significant reduction in child death over the past decade. In order to increase member impact, GHC provides platforms and opportunities for partner networking, partnership and critical thought around the future of global health, including maternal and newborn health and child survival. GHC also facilitates civil society participation at important global health venues such as the World Health Assembly, ensuring that the voice of those working to improve the lives of children is heard in complement to government donors and delegations.
Through 2015, GHC has committed to work for child survival and health by:
GHC has committed to actively advocating for the investment, leadership and political will necessary to completing the Millennium Development Goals, in particular goals 4, 5 and 6. GHC has also committed to ensuring the priority placement of health within the post-2015 agenda and will continue to advocate for increased investment by the United States government in global health with a continued focus on maternal, newborn and child health.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to the global strategy includes working with partners in 46 countries. We invest in programs and groundbreaking models to increase access to well-trained health professionals in communities with the most. With our partners, we have trained more than 140,000 front line health care workers to date.
Through 2015, Johnson & Johnson has committed to work for child survival and health by: In 2010, Johnson & Johnson answered the U.N. Secretary General’s Call to Action by committing $200 million over five years in a package of commitments called ‘Every Mother, Every Child.’ This includes support for programs to:
- Provide more than 15 million expectant and new mothers in Bangladesh, China, India, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa with free mobile phone messages providing prenatal health counsel and related information.
- Donate 200 million doses of VERMOX®, a treatment for intestinal worms in children, during each year of the Commitment.
- Increase research and development for a drug addressing tuberculosis with the first new mechanism of action in 40 years, antiretrovirals to treat HIV and potentially prevent HIV transmission from pregnant women to their infants and new technologies that could prevent the transmission of HIV between adults in the future.
- Extend current commitments to successful and proven peer education programs.
On June 25, 2014 Johnson & Johnson will reaffirm our continued commitment through the launch of an additional 5-year $30 million (USD) commitment through 2020 to save more newborn lives. Through long-standing partnerships, we will work in more than 20 countries including India, Nigeria, China and Ethiopia to provide training to skilled birth attendants. Working together with partners, we will build on the progress we have made to ensure newborns remain central to the post-2015 development agenda. Collaboration is the only way that we can achieve the goals to save newborn lives and help children to fulfill their potential.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: our nutrition-led agriculture approach that targets the most vulnerable populations of the communities we work in, specifically women and children under 5 years of age. By integrating nutrition and agriculture, our approach creates demand for, access to, and utilization of healthy foods that address nutritional deficiencies, thus decreasing malnutrition and the prevalence of stunted and underweight women and children.
Through the Mangez Orange (Eat Orange) social marketing campaign in Senegal, we are spreading awareness about the importance of vitamin A and how it can be obtained by eating fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, oranges, papayas, and mangos. Bio-fortified foods like high protein maize are also being integrated into the target communities’ diets.
Through 2015, NCBA CLUSA has committed to work for child survival and health by: improving the nutritional status of women and children in many of our programs. USAIDǀYaajeende aims to reduce stunting in children under 5 by 20% and reduce the number of underweight children under 5 by 25% in target zones in Senegal. 50% fewer households will consume less than two meals per day, and 50,000 children under 5 will be reached by USG-supported nutrition programs.
Through REGIS-ER, NCBA CLUSA aims to reach 900,000 children under 5 in Niger and 600,000 children under 5 in Burkina Faso through USG-supported nutrition programs over the life of the project. 3,550 people in Niger and 3,550 people in Burkina Faso will be trained on child health and nutrition through USG-supported health programs.
PATH contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: We drive transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—with a focus on child survival, maternal and reproductive health, and infectious diseases. In 2013, PATH and our partners touched the lives of nearly 219 million people with innovations that include:
- Vaccines to prevent diarrheal disease, meningitis A, and Japanese encephalitis.
- A new source of the gold-standard malaria treatment.
- A low-cost antiseptic to prevent newborn infections.
- New barrier contraceptives that expand family planning options for women.
- Strategies to strengthen health systems and encourage healthier behaviors.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: accelerating innovations that address the leading causes of illness and death for women and children. PATH has designed, developed, and adapted more than 100 technologies, from vaccine vial monitors that alert health workers when a vaccine has been damaged by heat to an antishock garment to control excessive bleeding after childbirth. One of our unique strengths is breaking down barriers that keep health solutions from achieving impact at scale. We develop targeted solutions, test and refine them, gain regulatory approval, foster supportive policies, develop markets, commercialize products, and introduce them where they are needed.
Through 2015, PATH has committed to work for child survival and health by:
- Tackling two of the leading killers of children by simultaneously fighting pneumonia and diarrheal disease. Our integrated approach emphasizes overlapping protection, the scale-up of proven methods, and the development of new tools to fill deadly gaps.
- Working toward malaria elimination by driving development of a new malaria vaccine candidate; scaling up strategies to create malaria-free communities; advancing diagnostic technologies; and creating a new supply of the top malaria treatment.
- Improving care for newborns through community-based strategies, policy approaches, and innovative technologies.
- Preventing maternal deaths by increasing the use of innovations along the continuum of care during a mother’s pregnancy to prevent or manage the three leading causes of death—postpartum hemorrhage, preeclampsia/eclampsia, and infection.
- Identifying transformative health innovations that will accelerate progress toward the goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths.
- Accelerating our work on the nearly 200 vaccines, tools, and technologies in our development pipeline to bring health within reach for every mother and child.
Pathfinder International contributes to child survival and health in the following ways:
For five decades, Pathfinder International, in collaboration with governments and local partners, has promoted the right of women and girls to contraceptive information and services—a key pillar for improving maternal and child survival and quality of life. Pathfinder’s innovative Clinical and Community Action for Maternal and Newborn Health (CCA-MNH) model, presently being implemented in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, promotes critical collaboration between communities and health facilities to save women’s and newborns’ lives. Recognizing that a child’s health depends on the health of its mother, this continuum of care approach supports their treatment as a dyad.
A distinctive characteristic of Pathfinder’s work for children includes:
Neonatal mortality now accounts for 44 percent of all under-five deaths worldwide, and more than 75 percent of these deaths occur in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Pathfinder’s programs focus on pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum care for mother and child, as well as improving access to contraceptives. We succeed in addressing the needs of marginalized populations at the grassroots level by building the capacity and knowledge of community members and training healthcare providers and community health workers. Pathfinder works to prevent the transmission of HIV to newborns and develops locally appropriate postpartum interventions to encourage breastfeeding and healthy nutrition. We also support the right to safe pregnancy and delivery, recognizing that the health of the newborn is inextricably dependent on the health of the mother. Working with governments and local partners, we offer all people—especially the most vulnerable and disenfranchised women and adolescent girls—information and services to help them exercise their rights and achieve their fertility intentions. At the same time, we strive to eliminate harmful traditional practices such as female genital cutting.
Finally, Pathfinder builds the capacity of communities and health systems to integrate reproductive, maternal, and newborn health programs into other health services and other development sectors, including education, environmental conservation, and sustainable livelihoods.
Through 2015, Pathfinder International has committed to work for child survival and health by:
Pathfinder’s local offices in 24 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean will continue to develop and test innovative approaches that increase people’s access to essential health services, while educating, engaging, and mobilizing communities to seek their own solutions. Through our efforts to increase contraceptive use in these countries, thereby reducing unintended pregnancies and abortions, Pathfinder commits to averting 8,000 maternal deaths by the end of 2015. We will continue to advocate globally for increased attention to and government investments in women’s and children’s health.
The United Nations Foundation contributes to child survival and health in the following ways: In 2010, the UN Foundation committed (with our partners) $400 million over five years in support of Every Woman Every Child. This commitment helps the UN address key global health priorities including childhood immunizations, malaria prevention, holistic health for adolescent girls, access to reproductive health supplies and services, clean cookstoves and fuels, and improving health outcomes through mobile technologies.
Distinctive characteristics of our work for children include our focus on dynamic, multi-stakeholder partnerships to bring new voices and resources to children’s health and our deep commitment to leveraging the UN’s reach and vision to address critical development issues.
Through 2015, the UN Foundation has committed to work for child survival and health by continuing to fulfill and build on our commitment to Every Woman Every Child, including by:
- Delivering vital health information via mobile phones to new and expectant mothers throughout the developing world. Through the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), between now and the end of 2015 we will double our reach to 2.5 million women and their families globally; start programs in two new countries, including Nigeria where 10% of the maternal deaths globally occur; and communicate the results of our seminal research to determine health behavior change in Bangladesh and the impact of MAMA’s messages on HIV+ mothers and their babies.
- Contributing to the Measles & Rubella Initiative’s efforts to reach an additional 60 million children in approximately 25 countries with measles and rubella vaccines by the end of 2015, as part of our 15-year commitment to measles.
- Providing life-saving vaccines – including more than two million polio vaccines between now and the end of 2015 – to children around the world through our Shot@Life campaign.
- Providing 500,000 anti-malaria bed nets between now and the end of 2015 to protect families in Africa from malaria through our Nothing But Nets campaign.
- Enabling approximately 7.5 million households access to cookstoves and fuels that are clean and efficient, reducing their exposure to deadly household air pollution, through the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
URC contributes to child survival and health every day.
University Research Co., LLC (URC) and its non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), partner with policy makers, community leaders and local organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America to foster the sustainable, wide-scale application of evidence-based maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) interventions. We work to improve the quality of services and increase private-sector and NGO participation across the continuum of MNCH care in resource-limited regions. Our methods include research and evaluation, health systems strengthening, quality improvement and social and behavior change communication.
URC’s strength lies in our ability to apply science and use data to improve health systems and empower communities.
We are committed to fostering strategic, collaborative and holistic approaches to improve antenatal, childbirth and postnatal care for mothers and newborns; reduce neonatal mortality; increase support for child survival services and scale-up of preventive and curative child health services; and improve nutrition, especially for mothers and children age five and under.
In our MNCH work, we have set our sights on 2015 and beyond.
URC is an implementing partner of Helping Babies Breathe, a global initiative to reduce asphyxia-related newborn death by scaling up newborn resuscitation capacity in resource-limited countries. In addition, our commitment to our 1,000 Days partnership is clearly evident in our work in programs like Nutri-Salud, which is reducing malnutrition in mothers and children in Guatemala’s Western Highlands. In the USAID ASSIST project, we are working to integrate improvement methods in the Every Mother, Every Child protocol. As a member of the White Ribbon Alliance, our MNCH work supports a woman’s universal right to a safe birth through projects like the Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP); USAID HealthPRO Phillipines; USAID Primary Health Care Project in Iraq (PHCPI); and the USAID|Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project in Kenya, Tanzania and Guatemala. Our work in Central and South America supports our commitment to the Newborn Health Alliance through such low-cost, high-impact interventions as Kangaroo Mother Care.
A distinctive characteristic of our work for children includes: As the world’s largest NGO focused exclusively on safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), WaterAid has more than thirty years’ experience to bring to coordinated and integrated child health initiatives, such as A Promise Renewed. Our expertise lies in building partnerships and capacity, beginning with the communities where we work. WaterAid is uniquely placed to bridge policy and practice, providing research and technical support to governments, NGOs, and private sector partners worldwide to ensure holistic programs meet the needs of children everywhere. Our focus on WASH is geared toward improvements across the lifecycle, from birth to older age, and includes strong emphasis on women’s empowerment, which is core to child survival and well-being.
Through 2015, WaterAid America has committed to work for child survival and health by:
- Increasing our focus on sanitation and hygiene promotion in our global advocacy and, increasingly, through our global organization, in our 26 country programs
- Aiming to have provided safe drinking water to a further 25 million people by end 2015
- Working with relevant education, nutrition, and health stakeholders, and helping to bring relevant ministries together with those leading on safe drinking water and sanitation, to ensure our plans and strategies contribute to the elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), especially soil-transmitted helminthes; to support and reinforce community and health extension services to create an enabling environment for sanitation and hygiene transformation; and to strengthen health systems for an integrated approach to WASH and NTDs
- Contributing to the growing evidence base around the biological and social links between WASH and nutrition, advocating for the prioritization of nutrition as a global health issue, and embedding sanitation and hygiene promotion into ongoing nutrition promotion initiatives and programs at community level