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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ben Affleck are set to speak at The Child Survival Call to Action June 14-15th in Washington, D.C.

Affleck has been invited to speak in his capacity as Founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, the first U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo.

Organized by the Governments of the United States, India and Ethiopia in close collaboration with UNICEF, the attendees hope to identify ways to end preventable child deaths.

According to the 5thBirthday website, more than 7 million children will die before reaching their 5th birthday this year – That is equivalent to the population of New York City.

But it is not all doom and gloom. There are already programs running that are saving lives and successfully ending child deaths.

The organizers of this conference hope to nourish these developments through unity and focus on their purpose, caring for children before are born to ensure that they and their mothers receive the care they need to establish good health and sustainable habits.

To read more about how you can help, visit the 5thBirthday website, and you can read some of the Stories or Hope from projects around the world here.

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