WHO/UNICEF Technical Consultation on the Child Survival Strategy
The World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific and the United Nations Children's Fund Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific have come together in developing a draft Regional Child Survival Strategy document that addresses the recognized gaps in the drive to scale up child survival in the Region. The strategy signifies a strong WHO and UNICEF collaboration and a united approach to achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 in the Region. The technical consultation on the Child Survival Strategy was necessary to bring together inputs from experts in the field, including technical experts from Member States, UNICEF, WHO Headquarters, WHO country and regional offices, and other stakeholders, to ensure that the outcome was a technically sound, precise document. This document will be shared with Member States for their review to reach consensus on scaling up child survival actions in the Region. The meeting achieved the three objectives that were set for the three-day consultation: (1) to review and discuss past experiences of programmes and strategies for child survival existing in selected countries of the Western Pacific Region, including lessons learnt; (2) to review and make recommendations on the draft Regional Child Survival Strategy document, including regional targets; and (3) to discuss and plan approaches to scaling up child survival actions through resource mobilization and enhanced coordination with collaborating partners.