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Media advisory: Saving 3 million Newborns - Global Newborn Health Conference

15- 18 April 2013 – Johannesburg, South Africa

World’s Leading Health Experts Gather to Share Interventions to Reduce Newborn Deaths

WHAT: Every year, three million children die within their first month of life from largely preventable causes: prematurity, birth asphyxia, and infection; this is an urgent health issue and accounts for nearly half of the deaths of children under five worldwide.

Up to two-thirds of these lives could be saved with simple solutions for the mother and the newborn to help babies take their first breath, provide adequate nutrition and prevent and treat severe infections.

On 15 April leading global health experts and government leaders from 55 countries will meet in South Africa to identify key causes of newborn deaths and share solutions to prevent preterm births and save newborn lives. The conference will spark the development of a Global Newborn Action Plan that is set to launch later this year. (

Organisers of the conference include USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

WHO: Leading global health experts will gather with Ministry of Health policymakers and program managers, NGOs engaged in maternal and newborn health, UN agencies, USAID missions and USAID-funded bilateral projects.

Leadership in attendance will include:

  • Graca Machel, Graca Machel Trust
  • Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID
  • David Oot, Associate Vice-President of the Department of Health and Nutrition, Save the Children
  • Koki Agarwal, Director, MCHIP
  • Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Elizabeth Mason, Director of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, WHO
  • Gary Darmstadt, Director of Family Health Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

WHEN: 15-18 April 2013 – All sessions are open to the media

  • Following Monday’s opening plenary (8:30-10:30AM), a press conference is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.
  • Leadership from the above organizations will be available for interviews throughout the conference.
  • B-roll and images available upon request

WHERE: Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Media attendance is by registration only: please email Charlene Reynolds ( if you would like to attend or receive program schedule. Media contacts of conference organisers are listed below.

Charlene Reynolds
Tel: + 1 202 412 3550 

Emma de Villiers
Tel: + (27) 12 354 8252
Mobile: + (27) 73 156 3650 

Shantha Bloemen
Tel : + (27) 11 5171617
Mobile : + (27) 79 495 5938 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:
Katie Harris
Tel: + 1 206 658 5513 





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