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Media advisory: UNICEF, WHO expert briefing on release of global under-five child mortality numbers

Another decrease in child mortality figures, new numbers on child survival; some of the poorest countries will hit global target by 2015

Who:   Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director;
           Dr. Mark Young, Senior adviser, Health, UNICEF;
           Tessa Wardlaw, chief of Statistics and Monitoring and
           Dr. Elizabeth Mason, WHO director of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health

What:  A telephone briefing to release the latest global and regional data on child mortality and neo-natal deaths from 1990, when data collection began, to 2013.  The new figures contain new perspectives on issues such as the acceleration of progress in some regions, differences between poor and rich countries, the number of children at risk if goals are not met, and much more.  

The briefing comes as the 2015 deadline for the MDGs nears and governments prepare for the General Assembly in New York. 

When:  Briefing will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, 12 September 2013

How:  Lines will be open from 9:45.  
Please dial the phone number five minutes prior to the start of the conference call and enter your passcode.
US toll free:  1 888 424-8151
International, US and Canada toll call:  1 847 585-4422 
For toll free numbers from Asia, Australia, Europe, South and Central America visit:
Passcode:  743 735#

Attention broadcasters:  Recent video news stories and b-roll from Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia and Uganda will be available at http://weshare.unicef.org/mediaresources

For further information, to see a copy of the report, please contact:

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, 1 212 326 7452 kdonovan@unicef.org
Iman Morooka, UNICEF Strategic Communications, 1 212 326 7211 e-mail:  imorooka@unicef.org




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