CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.Res. 550 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.Res. 550 was introduced on June 16, 2009, by Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ).
H.Res. 550 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the ‘Day of the African Child';
• "Affirms its solidarity to address the challenge of maternal, newborn, and child mortality;
• "Salutes the health professionals and community health workers on the front lines in Africa who are extending health care and hope to families across the continent; and
• "Reaffirms the importance of United States partnership with African leaders and communities in reducing child, newborn, and maternal deaths from treatable and preventable causes."
According to the resolution's findings, the "Day of the African Child" has been celebrated on June 16 each year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity. The African Union has designated child survival as the theme of the Day of the African Child this year. According to the United Nations Children's Fund, sub-Saharan Africa is the most difficult place in the world for a child to survive. Every year in sub-Saharan Africa, 1.2 million babies die in the first month of life and roughly one in every six children fail to reach their fifth birthday.