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USAID Accelerates Child Survival Programs

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December 20, 2004

Contact: USAID Press Office

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new child survival contract to fight needless childhood deaths in the developing world. Supporting families and communities, the $100 million contract will help expand effective child health interventions like immunization, Vitamin A supplementation and treatment of diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria.

"Nearly 11 million children die each year of preventable diseases," said Dr. E. Anne Peterson, Assistant Administrator of USAID's Bureau for Global Health. "We have a major opportunity and a moral obligation to implement low-cost, lifesaving treatment for children in the developing world."

The group receiving the award is the Partnership for Child Health Care, Inc., a joint venture of the Academy for Educational Development, John Snow, Inc. and Management Sciences for Health. Under the contract, the awardees will exclusively support USAID's child survival program through activities to increase the use of child health and nutrition interventions by families, communities and health systems.

The new contract bolsters USAID's role as a leader in the global Child Survival Partnership, a multi-donor program established to focus attention on the dire health needs of children in developing countries, with the goal of saving six million children each year by 2015.

USAID's child survival agenda has been active since 1985, when Congress created the Child Survival Program. Since then, USAID has obligated more than $5 billion for child survival, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. In addition, USAID has provided more than $2.5 billion to child survival programs in developing countries for maternal and child immunization; prevention and treatment of respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, and malaria; breastfeeding; nutrition, and water and sanitation.

The U.S. Agency for International Development has provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for more than 40 years.

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