This is the good news!
According to a recent UNICEF report, child mortality rates around the world have been cut in half since 1990, from 12.6 million deaths per year to 6.6 million in 2012.
Some of the world’s poorest countries have made the strongest improvements in child survival since that date.
However, the 2012 UNICEF report stresses the alarmingly high cost of inaction: if the global community does not take immediate action to accelerate progress, as many as 35 million more children could die from mostly preventable causes between 2015 and 2028.
Pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria remain the main causes of child deaths in the world, claiming the lives of around 6.000 children under the age of five every day. Malnutrition contributes to almost half of all under-five deaths. “Reversing these devastating trends requires immediate action on multiple fronts, as outlined in the Millennium Development Goals”, states the UNICEF report.
Since its start, Humana People to People has focused much of its development effort on children. In 1990, UNICEF called for conviction in saving children from preventable deaths with the determination to mobilize all possible resources to do it. Humana People to People responded by establishing Child Aid projects around the world, whose main objective was to prevent the unnecessary death of the young ones.
Today Humana People to People is still working on the issue through its 74 Child Aid projects in order to improve children’s living conditions and to create opportunities for them to develop to their full potential. To overcome poverty, Humana People to People helps families venture into income generating projects and promotes health and hygiene activities that benefit not only the children but the whole community.
Child Aid projects lead campaigns to insure that all children attend school, promote literacy activities among women and youth, and organize after-school programs to assist children in their studies.
“Child Aid projects build on the children as a force of development. They participate, they contribute, they do their part. And by doing that, they put their footprints on the development here and now, and at the same time they get into the habit of being active, as being forces of development for the future”, explains The Humana People to People Charter of 1998.
All of these joint efforts are addressed to accelerate progress in child survival rates. Governments, civil society, religious groups and private individuals have pledged support for the shared goal of giving every last child the best possible start in life.
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