New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Global Call to Action Summit 2015 in New Delhi today. This summit aims at finding out ways to control and prevent child and maternal deaths. The two-day summit will bring together officials from two dozen countries, who will sit together, discuss and ruminate upon various strategies and share with each other, the procedures and implemented practices which can be used to meet the objective of the summit.
On behalf of Government and all the co-hosts for this international summit, Modi welcomed the people present on the occasion, including J. P. Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of Health, Govt. of Ethiopia, Ministers from participating countries, representatives of Development Partners, friends from the civil society, the private sector, media, academia, national and international speakers and esteemed delegates.
Global Call to Action Summit is being held outside USA for the first time ever.
Modi in his address stated that India has always partnered with the global efforts on issues of child and maternal health. Clean and hygienic environ being a stepping stone to healthy nation, Call to Action Summit will showcase power of new partnerships, innovations & systems to bring about improvements in life-saving interventions. He added that a truly historic accomplishment has been victory over Polio, being declared free of the wild polio virus – the journey reflects India’s deep commitment to child health. “Happy that India has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus. We need to ensure that the girl child survives, thrives and plays a very crucial role in society” said Modi.
Modi mentioned that the ruling government has added another mission known as “Mission Indradhanush” to the world’s largest immunization drive. Not only are mothers provided focused health services, but individual beneficiary tracking is being done through the countrywide Maternal and Child Health Tracking System, which ensures close tracking of inputs and outputs at the level of service provision. More than 92 million mothers and 78 million children have already been registered so far in the system.