Ensure all children the best possible start in life.

All children have the right to the healthiest possible start in life. Yet despite impressive improvements in child health, nearly 11 million children under the age of five still die each year. The majority of these deaths could be prevented. Children are dying of measles and tetanus, both which can be prevented with a simple immunization. They are dying of pneumonia, malaria and diarrhoea, without access to the medication that could save their lives.

We can start caring for children even before they are born, by caring for their mothers, and it is equally important to enable children to protect their own health. Child-friendly health services must be made available, and children must also learn to seek out appropriate care.

Health Workers Count Campaign

Over 250 organisations including White Ribbon Alliance, Merlin, Every Mother Counts and Save the Children, have come together to call for urgent action for more health workers, better supported. For the 2 months prior to the UN General Assembly meetings the organisations will be building pressure on global leaders to deal with the health worker shortfall and make new commitments for supporting health workers. Why health workers? Health workers are critical to saving lives: they are the single most important element of any health service. Without them, no vaccine can be administered, no life-saving drugs prescribed, no family planning advice provided and no woman can be given expe...

End Malaria

In June 2008, World Vision launched a major initiative to reduce the illness and death caused by malaria. World Vision aims to contribute to a 75 percent reduction in malaria cases, with the end goal of nearly zero preventable malaria deaths by 2015. This initiative aims at expanding and enhancing WV's existing anti-malaria programs. World Vision works in 62 malaria-endemic countries, 23 of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, and has long experience in providing malaria prevention and treatment solutions in local communities. To strategically address this threat, World Vision is scaling up our malaria prevention and treatment efforts. No single response ...

End Water Poverty

End Water Poverty is an international campaign calling for sanitation and potable water for all. The sanitation and water crisis affects billions of people globally. Staggering 2,6 billion people live without a safe toilet, 884 million people lack access to clean water, 4,000 children die each day from preventable water-related diseases. These problems combine to make a massive crisis for developing countries - undermining health, education, economic and gender equality progress. End Water Poverty works to change this.End Water Poverty gathers non-governmental organisations from around the world who recognise sanitation and water’s vital role in tackling poverty and creating sustainable de...

Child Survival Campaign

Some 22,000 children under five die each day (Unicef 2009). Most would have survived, just if the basic health care taken for granted in rich nations would have been available to them. Almost all lived, and died, in poor countries. The solutions are known and available, but are not reaching those who need them. A few diseases, like pneumonia, measles and diarrhoea are the biggest killers of young children today causing more than 90% of deaths in children under five. The survey At the beginning of 2009 the Global Movement for Children commissioned surveys to explore the attitude of the middle classes towards high child mortality. The surveys were conducted in eight developing countries: In...

Child Health Now Campaign

Child Health Now is World Vision’s first global campaign focused on a single issue: reducing the preventable deaths of children under five. Campaign is World Vision’s five-year commitment to reducing these deaths. Through this campaign, World Vision International wants to support communities in raising their voices about their right to quality health care, and press national governments to meet their responsibilities to children, mothers, families and communities throughout their country. World Vision International joins hands with local government and NGO partners to cooperatively address the critical health-related issues in specific communities. Working locally is not enough, howeve...

Every One Campaign

EVERY ONE is a global campaign to save millions of children’s lives. Over 20 000 children under the age of five will die today. Most of their deaths could have been prevented. But the reality is that not every child has an equal chance of survival. Children from the poorest communities are most likely to die. Save the Children ‘Every One’ campaign gives a helping hand to those children. In 2009 over 8 million children around the world died from basic illnesses before their fifth birthday. If this had been stopped in rich countries, it can be stopped in poor countries, too. With EVERY ONE campaign, Save the Children is committed to: Exercising more pressure on western governments ...
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