H.Res. 550: Recognizing the "Day of the African Child" on June 16, 2009, devoted to the theme of child survival and to emphasize the importance of reducing maternal, newborn, and child deaths in Africa

H.Res. 550

Recognizing the "Day of the African Child" on June 16, 2009, devoted to the theme of child survival and to emphasize the importance of reducing maternal, newborn, and child deaths in Africa

Sponsor
Rep. Donald M. Payne

Date
July 28, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

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).

Bill Summary

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."

 

Background

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.