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The Lancet Series
A Child Survival Revolution

June 20, 2003 | 9:00am - 10:45am
First Amendment Lounge, 529 14th Street, NW
National Press Club, Washington D.C.

The Lancet joined leading public-health scientists and international agencies in calling for a revolution in strategies for child health to tackle a global disaster. In total, ten and a half million children will die this year - seven and a half million from easily preventable causes such as diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, unnecessary neonatal deaths and malnutrition. The U.S. Agency for International Development is joining The Lancet, Johns Hopkins University, the United Nations Children's Fund, World Bank, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, Global Health Council, and the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival to launch the five-article series on key child survival issues.


The US media briefing was hosted by:
Dr. Michael McCarthy, North American Editor, The Lancet
Click here to read Dr. McCarthy's remarks (28K)

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Robert Black, MD, MPH, professor and chair of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School's Department of International Health and series editor
Click here to view Dr. Black's PowerPoint presentation (844K)

Key partner presentations include:

  • Dr. E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
    Click here to read Dr. Peterson's remarks (35K)

  • Joe Judd, Director of Program Division, UNICEF

  • Dr. Flavia Bustreo, Senior Public Health Specialist, Health, Nutrition and Population Human Development Network, World Bank
    Click here to read Dr. Bustreo's remarks (24K)

  • Dr. Hans Toedsson, Director, Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development, World Health Organization

  • Dr. Gordon Perkin, Senior Advisor, Global Health Program, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • David Oot, U.S. Coalition for Child Survival chairman and Director of Health for Save the Children
    Click here to read Mr. Oot's remarks (50K)

  • Media

    arrowClick hereto read the Global Health Council's press release (82K)

    arrowClick hereto read the Lancet'spress release (37K)

    arrowClick hereto view commentary from the Lancet(30K)


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    Please Note
    The articles will be available on the Lancetwebsite on Friday, June 27, 2003, and the Lancetwill also be hosting a debate on the website about the series and the issues it raises. We encourage all of you to join in that debate. The web address is

    Visit the pressroom often for the latest developments in child survival.

    For media inquiries, please contact Lynette Johnson Williams at the US Coalition for Child Survival:

    1701 K Street, NW
    Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20006-1503

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