Special: Call to Action - The National Summit on Child Survival and Family Welfare
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Special: Call to Action - The National Summit on Child Survival and Family Welfare

Since 1990, the child mortality rate in India has dropped by 45 percent. This progress is proof that the technology and know-how to reach even the most vulnerable children with life-saving interventions are available.

In spite of the steady progress, the challenge of being the second most populous country with diverse geo-socio-cultural conditions and sub-national disparities, India is still among the top four that account for 50% of global under-five mortality. In this context, India co-convened the June 2012 Global Call to Action on child survival along with Ethiopia and United States of America.

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At this high-level forum organized in collaboration with USAID-UNICEF, the Hon'ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad assured that India shall remain in the forefront of the global war against child mortality and morbidity. The urgent priority is on convergence of health and child services under universal health coverage with a focus on special requirements of vulnerable and marginalized groups.

The Call to Action will be a shared platform for concerned ministries and inter-ministerial dialogue for the centre and states, Global and Indian expertise, good will ambassadors, private sector, civil society, media and faith-based organizations to share experiences and challenges; celebrate successes in maternal, newborn and child survival and development programmes; and, pledge to recommit them-selves to address challenges in implementation.

The ministry will launch an enabling strategic roadmap (RMNCH+A) with and other development initiatives as community based management of acute malnutrition and screening for congenital disorders; engage with all partners to arrive at actionable goals and commitments for high-burden states aimed to reduce the deaths of children from preventable causes.

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New Releases

In  order  to  provide  guidance  for  implementation  of specific  interventions  and programme components, detailed guidelines and costed plans are shared by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Given below is the list of new documents that are being released during the Summit.

1. A Strategic Approach to Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Health and Adolescents (RMNCH + A) in India
Reducing maternal and child mortality are among the most important goals of the National Rural Health Mission. Huge and strategic investments are being made by Government of India to achieve these goals.
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2. Maternal and Newborn Care Toolkit
The Maternal and Newborn Health toolkit has been developed to help programme managers and clinicians in organizing the  ritical areas of service provision as per standards laid down in the toolkit for Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) services in the States and districts.
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3. Mapping of CSOs and FBOs
India’s commitment during child survival call to action meet in Washington continues and resulted into constitution of steering committee and sub group committees. Their role is to organize various activities of importance to India Specific Child Survival Call to Action.
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4. Skills Lab for RMNCH Services: Operational Guidelines
Strengthening competency based training of health care providers for Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) services
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5. Strengthening Pre Service Education for the Nursing & Midwifery Cadre in India: Operational Guidelines
6 .Enhancing optimal infant and young child feeding practices through the public health system: Operational Guide
7. Rashtriya  Bal  Swasthya  Karayakaram;  Child  Health  Screening  and  Early Intervention Service: Operational Guidelines
8. Training package for facility based management of children with severe acute malnutrition: Participant Manual & Facilitator Guide
9. National Iron Plus Initiative Guidelines for Control of IDA
10. Handbook for RMNCH Counsellors


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Quantum jump in India’s Under5Mortality rate of decline: GhulamNabi Azad

Three Day International Summit for Child Survival and Development begins in Mammallapuram

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Call for Action Summit on Child Survival and Development concludes with renewed commitment and pledges to prevent child mortality 
CHENNAI, India, 9 February 2013 - The three day Call for Action on Child Survival and Development ended today with a call for renewing the promise towards further reducing U5MR in India.

Maternity cash benefit scheme for mothers and adolescent girls launched by Union government: 
CHENNAI, India, 8 February 2013 - Smt Krishna Thirath, Union Minister for Women and Child development has revealed that a maternity cash benefit scheme has been launched for empowering pregnant women and adolescent girls.

Award for India’s achievement of two polio free years 
CHENNAI, India, 8 February 2013 - Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare today received an award in recognition of the landmark achievement of India completing two years with no newly reported cases of polio.

Mothers and adolescent girls should be empowered through communication, says Call for Action Summit, Mammallapuram 
Chennai, INDIA, 8 February 2013 - Ms Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF has observed that the key to ensure child survival rests in communicating with mothers and adolescent girls, so that they are empowered.

India’s Call to Action for Child Survival and Development - Talking points for the Leadership Dialogue 
• Over 170 other governments followed India’s lead by signing the pledge. Each pledge represents a powerful commitment to fulfill the world’s promise to children – the promise to give every child the best possible start in life.

Declaration to improve child survival and reduce preventable child deaths in India 
I as Director General, and Chief Executive Officer, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) hereby declare that being an autonomous body under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, IICA will facilitate the efforts of corporate entities

Quantum jump in India’s Under5 Mortality rate of decline: Ghulam Nabi Azad 
CHENNAI, India 07 February 2013 - Shri GhulamNabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare today inaugurated the Call for Action Summit for Child Survival and Development at Mammallapuram, Tamil Nadu.

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A New Beginning

Since 1990, the child mortality rate in India has dropped by 45 per cent. Yet, the country is still among the top four that account for 50 per cent of global under-five mortality. India co-convened the June 2012 Global Call to Action on child survival along with Ethiopia and United States of America, showing its commitment to remain in the forefront of the global war against child mortality and morbidity. Now, India is taking its commitment one step further, organising the “Child Survival Call to Action for Every Child in India” that will be held in Chennai, from 7 to 9 January.



New health centres help India battle high infant mortality rates

The high levels of child malnutrition seen in Madhya Pradesh are the result of a ‘perfect storm’ for children that associates high levels of malnutrition in others, poor child feeding practices in the first two years of life and high levels of infection in children’s environments; for many children, this is compounded by food insecurity and poverty in their households and limited access to basic services for them and their mothers.


An around-the-clock village health centre proves to be a lifeline for thousands

In September 2012, UNICEF released the 2012 Progress Report on Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed. The report shows that the number of children dying before the age of 5 has drastically declined over the past two decades


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