Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan would be one among the host of global leaders including World Bank President Dr Jim Young Kim and USAID Administrator Raj Shah to attend the important international meeting in Washington.

Co-hosted by India, US and Ethiopia in collaboration with UNICEF and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the 'Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths' will unveil new efforts to save an unprecedented number of women and children by 2020 in 24 selected countries.

It will also announce adoption of bold reforms to improve effectiveness and efficiency at the Agency, a media release said.

“An important touchstone since the first Call to Action in 2012, this forum will gather global health leaders from governments, faith-based organizations, civil societies and the private sector to review recent and significant accomplishments aimed at significantly reducing child and maternal deaths, and to plot a new course that will ensure progress continues,” USIAD said.

Vardhan is the first Cabinet Minister from the BJP-led NDA government in India to visit US.

During his stay, Vardhan is likely to meet his American counterpart Sylvia Mathews Burwell and attend the 32nd annual convention of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) in Texas.


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