Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 4, 2011


On March 9, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Government of Norway, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and The World Bank will announce a new partnership that will seek innovative solutions to reduce maternal and child mortality in developing countries.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and Melinda Gates, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will deliver remarks at the event at approximately 9:00 a.m. on March 9 in the Rotunda Room of the Ronald Reagan Building.

The event will be open to credentialed members of the media. Press access times will be forthcoming in the Department of State’s Public Schedule. For more information about this event, please contact Ryan Cherlin at rcherlin@usaid.gov.

The partnership will announce a challenge at the event. The partnership’s website will launch at the start of the event and the event can be watched live on http://savinglivesatbirth.net/news.

Dr. Tore Godal, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Norway, Peter Singer, CEO Grand Challenges Canada, and Ngozi Ikonjo-Iweala, Managing Director World Bank Group will participate in a panel discussion following the opening remarks.

PRESS CONTACTS:
United States Agency for International Development
Ryan Cherlin
rcherlin@usaid.gov



PRN: 2011/332