Global Health Council (GHC) Commits to a Brighter Future for Children
GHC Asks You to Change Your Facebook Photo and Tweet Using #5thBDay to Show Support
Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2014) — Over the past 25 years, the United States has played a leading role in one of the world’s most remarkable success stories: unprecedented progress to prevent the deaths of millions of children. This year, more than 100 organizations joined forces as part of the 5th Birthday and Beyond campaign to demonstrate support for the United States’ long-standing commitment to the world’s children. GHC is proud to serve as a host committee member, along with other members, who agreed to make or reaffirm their commitment to child health and child survival past their fifth birthday.
“Today we are celebrating the fact that the number of annual deaths of children under five has fallen dramatically, to less than 7 million per year,” stated Dr. Christine Sow, Executive Director, GHC. “This progress was made possible thanks to high level commitments and diverse partnerships mobilizing governments, civil society and private sector in support of healthy children and families.”
GHC is pleased to announce that they will collect commitments to child health and survival from each host committee member. These organizations have made commitments that showcase how they contribute to child survival, a distinctive characteristic of their work with children, and their goals and objectives for child health and survival through 2015 and beyond. So far, GHC collected more than 40 commitments.
Some examples of organizational commitments include the following:
- Providing training and technical assistance designed to ensure child survival and prevent birth asphyxia.
- Delivering vaccines to children in the poorest countries.
- Building and upgrading homes with low-income families through various programs.
- Empowering health workers and ensuring that they have the skills and tools needed to care for the specific needs of children.
- All Facebook profiles featuring users at 5 years old demonstrates a commitment to children.
- Using the hashtag #5thBDay in tweets and retweeting posts from GHC and the campaign increases visibility.
To learn more about GHC and the 5th Birthday and Beyond, visit globalhealth.org/advocacy/5th-birthday-and-beyond.
About Global Health Council
Established in 1972, Global Health Council (GHC) is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. The organization is the collaborative voice of the global health community on global health issues; it convenes stakeholders around key global health priorities and actively engages key decision makers to influence health policy. Currently, Global Impact serves as the Secretariat for GHC. Learn more at globalhealth.org.
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