The Republic of Serbia Renews Its Commitment to End Child Preventable Deaths
Belgrade, 29 August 2012 - Serbian Minister of Health Slavica Djukic Dejanovic has signed today a Child survival pledge “A Promise Renewed”, renewing the Government’s commitment to give every child best possible start in life. By signing the pledge, the Republic of Serbia has joined the global initiative of United Nation’s Secretary-General and UNICEF aiming to end preventable child deaths.
Over the past 40 years, child mortality has dropped by 50 per cent worldwide. In the past two decades alone, child deaths have fallen dramatically, plummeting from 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010. However, progress continues to elude many children. Every year, millions of children die from causes that we can prevent and diseases we can cure. In rich and poor countries alike, the poorest and most disadvantaged children continue to miss out on life-saving interventions.
Over the past decades, the Republic of Serbia has made significant progress in reducing child mortality. But considerable disparities have remained, particularly affecting children from poor and vulnerable population groups. According to a UNICEF’s survey, under 5 mortality rate is reduced to 8 at the national level, but it is still 15 per 1,000 live births among children living in Roma settlements, which is twice the national average.
By signing the pledge, Serbia has reconfirmed its commitment to continue working on initiatives that will reduce inequities in child health and healthcare in the country.More information on the pledge and the list of government signatories are available on the website for A Promise Renewed (http://www.apromiserenewed.org/The_Pledge.html)