Child Health Now: why are the most vulnerable forgotten?

18 October 2010

The One Just World forum will tackle the issues around child heath in developing countries.
The One Just World forum will tackle the issues around child heath in developing countries.

One in every 12 Cambodian children and more than nine million children all over the world will die this year from preventable diseases before they turn five.

The University of Sydney will tomorrow host the One Just World forum, part of a national series of free, after-work speakers' forums designed to involve the community in dialogue over key issues facing Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

The forum will be hosted by broadcaster Tracey Spicer, featuring a call to action by University of Sydney Chancellor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir.

Participants will include:

  • Louise Baur, Professor and Deputy Associate Dean, Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney
  • Tim Costello, Chief Executive, World Vision Australia
  • Michael Dibley, Associate Professor of International Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Rosaria Martins da Cruz, Director, HIAM Health, Timor Leste
  • Sue Ndwala, Maternal and Child Health Adviser, World Vision Australia
  • and a special report from Malawi via video by Rebecca Gibney, star of Packed to the Rafters.

Two-thirds of young lives in developing countries could be saved within five years with simple, low-cost solutions such as breastfeeding, improved maternal health and clean water.

According to One Just World, progress is being hampered by a lack of cooperation between communities, international organisations and governments.

The One Just World forum hopes to inspire people to speak up and unite for the rights of children everywhere, honouring what they see as a moral responsibility to help.

The forum will be hosted by Sydney Ideas, the University's premier public lecture series program, in cooperation with One Just World.

Event details

What: Child Health Now, a One Just World forum hosted by Sydney Ideas

When: 6.45pm, Tuesday 19 October

Where: Seymour Centre, corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale

Cost: Free

RSVP: One Just World website

Media enquiries: Katie Szittner, 9351 2261,

Rachel Gleeson, 0403 067 342, 9351 4312,