SOURCE: Save the Children

June 10, 2009 11:55 ET

Capitol Hill Briefing: A Progress Report on Child Survival in Africa to Commemorate the Day of the African Child on Tuesday, June 16

Panel of Experts Includes Ambassadors From African Union, Malawi and Mali, Rep. Donald M. Payne, USAID's Gloria D. Steele, Model and Activist Liya Kebede; Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 3:30 - 4:30 pm Room 210, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - To mark the Day of the African Child on Tuesday, June 16, Save the Children has partnered with the African Union and the African Diplomatic Corps, the Global Health Council and the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival to convene a panel of Africa experts on Capitol Hill to discuss progress made in recent years to reduce child mortality rates.

Despite significant overall progress in decreasing mortality rates for children under 5, an estimated 4.5 million children die each year in sub-Saharan Africa, mostly from preventable and treatable causes. A panel of experts will explore recent successes in improving the well-being of Africa's children.

Remarks by:
     -- Rep. Donald M. Payne, chairman, Subcommittee on Africa
        and Global Health
     -- Her Excellency Amina Salum Ali, Ambassador of the African Union
        Mission to the United States

Panelists:
     -- Her Excellency Hawa Ndilowe, Ambassador of the Republic of Malawi
        to the United States
     -- His Excellency Abdoulaye Diop, Ambassador of the Republic of Mali
        to the United States
     -- Ms. Gloria D. Steele, Acting Assistant Administrator for
        Global Health, USAID
     -- Ms. Liya Kebede, founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation,
        WHO Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Moderator:
     -- Charles MacCormack, President and CEO, Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Save the Children USA is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, a global network of 27 independent Save the Children organizations working to ensure the well-being and protection of children in more than 120 countries.