The next phase of Child Health Initiative’s This Is My Street campaign kicked off in India this month, with a Raahgiri Day in Gurugram, in collaboration with the World Resources Institute India Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI) and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH). Raahgiri Day is a car-free day where almost five kilometers of roads are closed to enable residents and community groups to use them for recreational use, to run activities, and to promote the sustainable urban development agenda. The name Raahgiri brings together two ideas: raah refers to a path or journey toward a final goal, and Gandhigiri is a colloquial adaptation of Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolence techniques. At the event, Avi Silverman, FIA Foundation; Helga Fogstad, PMNCH; and Sarika Panda Bhatt, Head, WRI called for cross-sectoral action to tackle the health threats of air pollution, road traffic injury, and an unsafe environment faced by young people. Read more HERE.
Child Health Initiative continued its campaign activity in Delhi at the Partners Forum for maternal, newborn, and child health, held 12–13 December 2018. It co-led a session calling for increased global action on adolescent health. The session panel also involved ministers, development agencies, and civil society experts, including Bright Oywaya, of Alliance member ASIRT Kenya. Following the session, youth advocates from countries around the world signed up for Child Health Initiative’s “This Is My Street” campaign and called for a global adolescent health summit.
The “My Street” campaign calls for the rights of all children around the world to:
Specifically it is asking for:
These requests draw on the experiences had addressing other public health issues, such as AIDS/HIV, where similar UN-level actions were instrumental in building political will and financial commitment.
You can sign up for the campaign and find a toolkit for NGOs and other organizations looking to promote safe and healthy streets HERE.