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Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths

Goal leaders

Dr. Atul Gawande

Assistant Administrator

Bureau for Global Health (USAID)

To achieve

By September 30, 2025, the United States will contribute to an average annual reduction of 3 percent* in the under-five mortality (U5MR)** per 1,000 live births in U.S. government (USG) priority countries through evidence-based maternal child health, malaria, health systems, nutrition, reproductive health / family planning, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities.

*The Global Health Bureau (GHB) technical teams looked at past trends and near-term projections, the level of 3% was judged as both feasible and also a challenge to maintain.

**Maternal mortality estimates are not updated every year.

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