From the brochure (PDF):
Effective interventions in pediatric global health have been critical in improving the lives of children throughout the world. Experts in childhood diseases, health systems and public health have worked closely together since the birth of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000 to change the landscape of pediatric global health. Their successes are innovative, impressive and evidence-based.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted by world leaders in September 2000 and set to be achieved by 2015. They provide concrete, numerical benchmarks to attack extreme poverty in its many dimensions. MDG 4 (reduce under-5 child mortality) and MDG 5 (improve maternal health) are of particular importance to the health of the world’s most vulnerable population: children. A child born in a developing country is more than 13 times more likely to die within the first five years of life than a child from an industrialized country. The top five causes of death in children under 5 — malaria, neonatal causes, lower respiratory infections, measles and diarrhea — are all preventable, and yet 8 million children still die
every year before they reach their fifth birthday.
To date, the world has made significant progress in achieving the MDGs, but there is much work to be done. Child deaths are falling, but not quickly enough. Efforts to revitalize programs combatting pneumonia and diarrhea, and those seeking to improve nutrition could save millions of children, but must still be brought to scale in many countries.
This symposium will communicate and inform pediatric health professionals on the successful efforts of international organizations and global health experts to reduce the global burden of pediatric deaths. Necessary next steps to achieving the MDGs will also be highlighted.
The call for posters can be found here.