GAIN Supports Global Child Survival Call to Action
Geneva, Switzerland, 14 June 2012 -- The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is pleased to support a global child survival call to action in Washington, D.C. from 14-15 June led by the governments of the United States, India and Ethiopia and UNICEF. Focused on ending preventable child death through the survival of newborns, children and mothers, the Call to Action will convene 700 leaders from government, the private sector, faith-based organizations and civil society to kick off a long-term, focused effort to save children's lives.
Speakers include Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State and Ben Affleck, Actor, Director, and Founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative. Panel discussions will address new approaches to ending preventable child deaths.
“Malnutrition is implicated in about one third of deaths of children under five in developing countries - some 2.6 million each year. We are pleased to join this global call to action to end preventable child deaths through increasing access to - and consumption of - affordable and nutritious foods, particularly by pregnant and lactating women, and young children who are most at risk for malnutrition,” said Mr. Van Ameringen, Executive Director of GAIN.
Driven by a vision of a world without malnutrition, GAIN was created in 2002 at a Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly on Children. GAIN builds and supports innovative partnerships among the public and private sectors to increase access to and consumption of nutritious foods necessary for people, communities and economies to be stronger and healthier. With a current reach of over 610 million people (half of whom are women and children) in more than 30 countries GAIN’s goal is to improve the lives of 1.5 billion people within the most vulnerable populations around the world through access to sustainable nutrition solutions. For more information, please visit us at www.gainhealth.org.
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Sandra Coyle, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
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