Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the ‘Global Call to Action Summit-2015’ in Delhi and said that we will ensure every woman and child that can be saved, will be saved.”
Speaking at the summit, PM Modi said, “This is a landmark occasion and for the first time this summit is being held outside USA. This Summit will provide a highly effective platform to address common challenges that will help us achieve desired goals.”
Stating that the victory over Polio has been a truly historic accomplishment, Modi said, “I am also happy to share with you today another major milestone achieved by India. India has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus.”
The Prime Minister also added that India want to ensure that no child in the country dies of diseases which can be prevented by vaccination. He said, “We need systems in place through which marginalised communities receive Universal Health Care. We will ensure that every woman and every child that can be saved will be saved.”
Highlighting that the government has added to the world’s largest immunisation drive another mission known as “Mission Indradhanush”, Modi said,”India has always partnered with the global efforts on issues of child and maternal health and has also responded by acting on the first Call To Action through its commitment and launch of RMNCH+A.”
“I firmly believe that clean and hygienic environment is the stepping stone to a healthy nation. As we assemble here, we need to send a very strong message not only to ourselves, not only to 24 countries present here but to the world. I hope the next two days would provide a new direction to the global community in its journey towards ending maternal and child deaths.” said Modi towards the end.
Here are some updates from our correspondent
The two-day leadership summit will be a confluence of health ministers from the 24 priority countries that committed to the global Call to Action for child survival in June 2012, state health ministers from India, international academic experts amongst a host of others.
This Summit will be co-hosted with the Health Ministry of Ethiopia and in partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Tata Trusts, UNICEF, USAID, UK Aid and WHO.
Civil society organisations will also deliberate with policy makers of 24 countries at the Summit tomorrow on issues including continued commitment of resources and international development aid to reduce child and maternal deaths by 2030, keeping issues of adolescent girls on the centre-stage, universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services and others.