Governments and organizations are uniting in order to launch a new global and unprecedented drive on 26 September, 2007 to cut down maternal and child deaths. The “Deliver Now for Women + Children” initiative is a direct response to warnings by the United Nations that the world is lagging behind in achieving the Millennium Development Goals to cut maternal and child deaths by 2015. It is estimated that an additional US$ 9 billion yearly is required for meeting the basic health care needs of women and children. The new campaign of the United Nations hopes to build political commitment to bolster health services, raise awareness in the media and support community groups. Country-specific programmes will first be launched in India and Tanzania. India accounts for one in four of the world’s child deaths and one in five of its maternal deaths, and half of the women in Tanzania have no access to skilled care during childbirth. In this connection a discussion titled “Saving 77 Million by 2015: Advancing the Health of Women and Children”, would be held.

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