Gupta stresses vaccinations at New Delhi Call to Action Summit
The two-day summit brought together health ministers from the 24 priority countries that first committed to the global Call to Action for Child Survival in June 2012, as well as global health experts from the private sector, civil society and media.
In her presentation, Gupta emphasized the need to mobilize sufficient resources to help developing countries immunize children with all World Health Organization-recommended vaccines.
“This is a historic time in the advancement of public health,” acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt said. “Ending preventable child and maternal deaths is a bold vision.”
The report, titled "Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths," documents how USAID’s efforts have resulted in the survival of nearly 2.5 million children and 200,000 fewer maternal deaths.
Since 1990, under 5 mortality has nearly halved – from 12.6 million to almost 6 million. It is no coincidence that this reduction has occurred at the same time as significant increases in global immunization coverage in poor countries.