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With millions of preventable deaths of children under 5 years of age each year, the challenges are rooted in economic, cultural, and geographic barriers – half of all child deaths occur in Africa and 42% in Asia. Child mortality is not only a key indicator of a nation’s health, but is also a broad reflection of a nation’s development. This fact was a driving force in the creation of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, which identified child mortality, and its closely related goals of maternal health and infectious diseases, as three of the eight top priorities for the world. In response to this global health burden, efforts are underway to increase access to vaccines, clean water, better nutrition, and other resources that will ultimately benefit the health of children around the globe.

This session of Public Health Grand Rounds reviewed progress in recent decades, assessed our continued challenges, and discussed new and important strategies aimed at increasing child survival throughout the world.

Presented By

Kevin M. DeCock, MD, FRCP
Director
Center for Global Health, CDC
Brent Burkholder, MD, MA
Director, Global Immunization Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Cynthia Whitney, MD, MPH
Chief, Respiratory Diseases Branch
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Robert Quick, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist, Waterborne Diseases Prevention Branch,
Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases

National Center for Emerging and Zoonitic Infectious Diseases, CDC
Nancy Binkin, MD, MPH
Chief, Policy and Evidence Unit, Health Section - Programme Division
UNICEF, New York

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
Scientific Director

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