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India to host over 100 nations for Unicef meet on maternal and child health

The UNICEF said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Chile President Michelle Bachelet and the chair of PMNCH would deliver the keynote addresses.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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will be the global host of UNICEF's Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child stakeholders meeting, including participation from nearly hundred countries, this December, officials said.

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Forum will emphasise the importance of people-centred accountability, bringing forward the voices and lived realities of women, children and adolescents through innovative programming and creative projects.

The Forum will be hosted by Ministry of and Family Welfare in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) this December.

The said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Michelle Bachelet and the chair of PMNCH would deliver the keynote addresses.

Gagan Gupta, Chief of Health at the UNICEF, told that has made significant progress in improving maternal health and child mortality indicators.

"has performed better than rest of the world in this field and the number of children dying under-five years has fallen by 30 per cent since 2012, from 1.4 million to 989,000," he said.

According to a new report by the Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME), under-five mortality rate in India was recorded below one million in 2017 for the first time in five years.

Gupta said the Forum, which will be held on December 12 and 13 at Vigyan Bhawan here, will see participation from heads of states, ministers, popular champions, and 1,200 partners from nearly 100 countries.

"India will get an opportunity to present its success story in improving the maternal and child health (indicators) at a world stage," he said.

Moreover, the forum would also bring various stakeholders on a common stage to share their ideas, he said.

This is the second time India is hosting the forum after 2010. The previous chapters of the Forum have been held at Johannesburg in in 2014 and Dar es Salaam in in 2007.

First Published: Sat, October 20 2018. 15:55 IST
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