Amie Batson, Chief Strategy Officer at GBCHealth member organization PATH, a leading international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation, will serve on the Child Health Pillar at the MDG Health Alliance to advance the health of the world’s most vulnerable children and accelerate achievement of Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG 4).
“We are absolutely thrilled that Amie will join the MDG Health Alliance in the global effort to save the lives of 4.4 million children by December 31, 2015 and achieve MDG 4,” said Raymond Chambers, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria, Co-Chair of the GBCHealth Board and Chair of the MDG Health Alliance.
Much of Amie’s 20-year career with leading global health organizations, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, GAVI and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has been in the service of child health. Most recently, as senior deputy assistant administrator for global health at USAID, she led the US government team in co-convening the Child Survival Call to Action, which launched a bold global vision to end preventable child deaths.
Gary Cohen, CEO of the MDG Health Alliance and Acting CEO of GBCHealth, said, “We expect Amie to provide critical leadership in the months ahead as we work with all partners to implement the Child Survival Call to Action agenda with its focus on fighting the leading killers of children under 5 with the most cost-effective interventions available, prioritizing action in those countries where most deaths are concentrated. This is the best strategy for achieving MDG 4.”
“I am honored to join the global health leaders on the Child Health Pillar at the MDG Health Alliance,” said Batson. “As we approach 2015, our shared expertise will be crucial in ensuring that many more children around the world can celebrate their fifth birthdays, especially in those countries where children face the most persistent health challenges.”
Amie joins Child Health Pillar leaders Alan Batkin, Leith Greenslade and Ercument Tokat, who work in collaboration with UNICEF, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, USAID, the UN Foundation and many other partners to reduce child mortality by two-thirds in countries with the largest concentrations of under 5 deaths, with a special focus on India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and Ethiopia.
The MDG Health Alliance’s child health priorities include increasing access to the most cost-effective interventions that prevent and treat the leading causes of child mortality - pneumonia, preterm birth, diarrhea, birth asphyxia, newborn infection and malaria and malnutrition, which is an underlying cause of up to one half of all under 5 deaths.
About MDG Health AllianceThe MDG Health Alliance is comprised of eminent leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors working in conjunction with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria, to achieve the health-related Millennium Development Goals by the internationally agreed deadline of 31 December 2015. Seven initiatives underpin the work of the Alliance: Reducing Child Mortality; Reducing Maternal Mortality; Reducing Malaria to Near-Zero; Ending Mother to Child Transmission of HIV; Deploying 1 Million Frontline Health Workers; Improving Reproductive Health; and Save 1 Million Lives from HIV/TB Co-Infection to achieve the Health MDGs. The Alliance operates in support of Every Woman, Every Child, an unprecedented global movement spearheaded by the United Nations Secretary-General to mobilize and intensify global action to improve the health of women and children.
 MDG4 calls for a two-thirds reduction in the 1990 child mortality rate by 2015.