In the newly released Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2014 report, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners announced that since 1990, nearly 100 million children’s lives have been saved – including 24 million newborns. Yet in that same time period, a staggering 223 million children have died before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes. In 2013, 6.3 million children around the world have died before the age of five. That’s 10 times the population of Washington, DC, or 17,000 children dying every day. The under-5 mortality rate has been reduced by nearly 50 percent since 1990, yet important challenges still remain.

In the annual A Promise Renewed (APR) report, which was released alongside the Child Mortality report, UNICEF addresses these challenges and the work that remains. We know what it takes to end preventable child deaths. This year’s APR report focuses on the importance of newborns, equity and quality of care.

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Report of an independent mid-term evaluation of the Faiths United for Health program, a pilot program of the Nigerian Inter-Faith Action Association (NIFAA) that uses an interfaith action approach to train Muslim and Christian religious leaders to educate and motivate Nigerians to undertake behavior change in the fight against malaria. This report details NIFAA’s promising early work to mobilize religious leaders to use their influence to increase usage rates of insecticide-treated bed nets, as well as increasing other action against malaria. Produced with funding support from GHR Foundation.

Check out the report here.

The goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths is within reach. June 2014 marks the two-year anniversary of the Child Survival Call to Action and the launch of Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – a global effort to accelerate declines in preventable newborn, child and maternal deaths. Learn more here.