Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Identifying priorities for child health research to achieve millennium development goal 4

Consultation proceedings, Geneva, 26–27 March 2009


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Number of pages: 33
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English
ISBN: 9789241598651



Pneumonia, diarrhoea and newborn problems - which together account for 70% of all deaths among children under five years - receive minimal research funding. Of current research funding, 97% focuses on the development of new interventions, with the potential to reduce child mortality by 22%, while the remaining 3% of funding goes towards research focused on optimising the delivery of existing technologies, which have the potential to reduce child mortality by 60%.

This report presents the proceedings and conclusions of a meeting organized by WHO's Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development to review research priorities in the area of child health, with the aim of galvanizing support for work with greater potential to contribute to achieving the fourth Millennium Development Goal (MDG4).