Acting on the Call is a continuous improvement process in USAID’s drive to end preventable child and maternal deaths. The first Acting on the Call report, released in 2014, laid out a roadmap of how USAID would sharpen its effort to achieve greater impact from the scale up of key interventions in 24 priority countries to save 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020. The 2015 report provided an update on progress in each country and went into further detail about how with a sharpened focus on Maternal Health, USAID will reach 38 million women with increased access to care during childbirth. In 2016, the report explored how to better target USAID programs by focusing on different dimensions of inequity. It found that by assuring that the poorest 50% of the population achieves the same progress that was modeled based on national averages in 2014, would allow 8 million lives to be saved from 2016 to 2020.
This year’s report focuses on health systems, which are the backbone of our efforts to save lives. While the connections between health systems and health outcomes make intuitive sense, this report represents the first attempt—through the combined efforts of USAID and UNICEF—to establish a direct linkage between investing in strengthening health systems in terms of the lives that will be saved. USAID estimates that investing in health systems will contribute to saving the lives of 5.6 million children and 260,00 women from 2016-2020.
Kelly Saldana, the new Director of the Office of Health Systems, will present on the 2017 Acting on the Call report, “Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths: A Focus on Health Systems“, and how it relates to USAID’s work. More information can be found at https://www.usaid.gov/actingonthecall.