CHAMPS Hosts Network Meeting for International Leaders in Prevention of Child Mortality and Global Health
Maputo, Mozambique, November 2017
The 2nd Annual CHAMPS Network Meeting will take place November 13-15, 2017 in Maputo, Mozambique. The three-day meeting provides an opportunity for mortality prevention surveillance experts to share lessons learned and to make recommendations that will build upon the efforts to improve health outcomes to prevent childhood mortality.
“No child should die of preventable causes. Through collaboration with leading global health organizations, CHAMPS seeks to improve understanding and prevention of child mortality,” said Dr. Robert F. Breiman, Executive Director of CHAMPS. “Establishing these sites is a long-term commitment and partnership to building the laboratory, surveillance, training and technology infrastructure to collect data that leads to lifesaving global health actions and outcomes.”
The CHAMPS Network has a total of six sites: Harar, Ethiopia; Baliakandi, Bangladesh; Soweto, South Africa; Bamako, Mali; Manhiça, Mozambique, and Kisumu and Siaya, Kenya. At each of its sites CHAMPS implements a series of scientific processes to collect, analyze, and interpret physical and clinical data that help determine definitive causes of death for children under five years old. Information from CHAMPS is used to drive action to reduce child deaths, contribute to long term policy and decision making, and ultimately contribute to reduced child mortality in these vulnerable areas.
CHAMPS is an innovative, life-saving initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Housed within National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs), like the Manhiça Health Research Centre in Manhiça, Mozambique where at least 79 out of every 1,000 children die before their fifth birthday. Although the child mortality rate has dropped significantly since 1990, children in some developing countries still die at high rates from preventable causes. At CHAMPS, our goal is to reduce this problem remarkably, so that young lives are saved. To do this, the CHAMPS network will generate, interpret and use data to develop actions and policy recommendations to inform multi-level decision-making.