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Launch of UNICEF flagship 2009 report


State of the World’s Children on maternal and newborn health

WHO:    Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director; Babara Hogan, Minister of Health of the Republic of South Africa and Jama Gulaid, UNICEF Representative in Swaziland.
UNICEF representatives from most African countries will be available for interviews.

WHERE:    Hilton Sandton, 138 Rivonia Rd Sandton, Johannesburg 

WHEN:     Thursday, 15 January at 10:30am (Johannesburg time)

WHAT:   The State of the World’s Children 2009 focuses on maternal and newborn health and identifies the intervention and actions that must be scaled up to save millions of lives.  Since 1990, the base year for the Millennium Development Goals, an estimated 10 million women have died from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth and some 4 million newborns have died each year within the first 28 days of life. Maternal survival and infant survival are inextricably linked as the mother’s well-being has a critical bearing on the child’s survival. The report details the urgent action needed to reverse the limited gains made worldwide to meet the MDG target to reduce maternal mortality ratio by three quarters by 2015. The report will go live on-line at 10:30am Johannesburg time at
Attention broadcasters: Video footage is available free of charge at

Download the media advisory for further information, and to obtain a copy of the report or arrange interviews [word] [pdf]





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