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UNICEF to host two critical conferences on malaria and Millennium Development Goals

As part of UNICEF's role in gathering global leaders and a broad base of experts to address ambitious agendas, UNICEF is co-sponsoring two separate conferences this week on  Promoting Human Rights and Social Policies for Children and Women: Monitoring and Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at The New School (28-30 April), and ACT NOW: An International Symposium on Malaria at Columbia University (29-30 April).

Participants from more than twenty countries are expected—academics, leaders of non-profit organizations, independent researchers, and UNICEF country offices staff. 

ACT NOW: An International Symposium on Malaria

29-30 April, 2004
Columbia University, New York

UNICEF and Columbia University are co-sponsoring an international symposium on malaria treatment bringing together technical experts, policy makers, economists, service providers, pharmaceutical and diagnostics manufacturers, and donors to find ways to overcome remaining barriers to implementing effective malaria treatment with artemisinin combination therapy (ACT).

Malaria is on the rise in Africa, killing close to one million people on the continent every year—mostly children. Many factors contribute to the mounting levels of the disease, but high resistance levels of the most deadly malaria parasite to classic drug treatments (chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine) have contributed to rising mortality rates.  Artemisinin derivatives, when used in combination with other drugs, have shown remarkable effectiveness in treating malaria. WHO has recommended artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) to replace the failing drugs in order to reduce mortality and also delay further development of resistance. Yet, progress has been slow in getting these new medicines to patients.  ACT NOW will bring together international malaria experts to find effective solutions—making ACT widely accessible to the patients in Africa and elsewhere who desperately need it.

Promoting Human Rights and Social Policies for Children and Women

Monitoring and Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

28-30 April, 2004
The New School, New York

UNICEF and The New School will co-sponsor a three-day international conference -- Promoting Human Rights and Social Policies for Children and Women: Monitoring and Achieving the Millennium Development Goals from 28 April through 30 April 2004, at The New School in New York City. 

The conference will present analytical and policy papers on the progressive realization of human rights and children’s and women’s well-being based on the use of household data, especially the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS).  This practical survey methodology, developed by UNICEF and a number of partners in 1998, was employed in more than 60 countries and used to assess progress on the Millennium Development Goals.  The conference will underscore the values embedded in the Millennium Declaration and the goals set at the World Summit for Children.   The conference will also try to identify more effective approaches to track progress and make course corrections so that progress can be accelerated.


For further information, please contact:

Erin Trowbridge, UNICEF Media, NY, Tel: +1-212-326-7172





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