JULY 26, 2005
1:18 PM

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, 212 326 7452, kdonovan@unicef.org
Lori Issa, UNICEF New York (212) 326-7420, lissa@unicef.org

Launch of Report on Children in South Asia

July 26 -

Featuring new health index with country-by-country data


  • Dr. Nafis Sadik, former Executive-Director, UNFPA, current member of Board of Governors, MH Human Development Center;
  • Mrs. Khadija Haq, President, Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre;
  • Dr. Rima Salah, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF;Dr. Cecilia Ugaz, Senior Policy Advisor, Human Development Report Office, UNDP
  • Dr. Ronald Waldman, Professor, Columbia University; recognized Expert in Child Health in developing countries; Co-coordinator of the UN Millennium Project's Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health

Where: UNICEF House, Labouisse Hall, Three UN Plaza, on 44th Street, between First and Second Avenues.

When: Wednesday, 27 July 2005 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

What: The Report presents the condition of health in South Asia and its link to poverty reduction and economic growth. In-depth analysis of the experience of three South Asian countries: India, Bangladesh and Pakistan is included. The report also focuses on the health situation in all seven South Asian countries: Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Critical issues in the report addresses are equity and economic growth in the context of attaining and sustaining human development; the role of the government in providing and ensuring quality healthcare, and policies needed for improving productivity and quality of life to all.

The Report also introduces a new index, Health Index, as a proxy for overall health status of a country.