A child born in a developing country is more than 13 times more likely to die within the first five years of life than a child from an industrialized country. The top five causes of death in children under 5 — malaria, neonatal causes, lower respiratory infections, measles and diarrhea — are all preventable, and yet 8 million children still die every year before they reach their 5th birthday.
To address these critical health issues and other issues related to severe poverty, world leaders adopted the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 — a set of concrete, numerical benchmarks to measure the effectiveness of efforts to attack severe poverty. To date, the world has made significant progress in achieving the MDGs. However, there is much work to be done. Child deaths are falling, but not quickly enough. Efforts to revitalize programs combatting pneumonia and diarrhea, and those seeking to improve nutrition could save millions of children, but must still be brought to many countries.
This symposium will update pediatric health professionals on the successful efforts of international organizations and global health experts to reduce the global burden of pediatric deaths. Necessary steps to achieving the MDGs will also be highlighted.
Download presentations from the Fourth Annual Pediatric Global Health Symposium and the conference brochure.
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