PROTECTING CHILDREN’S FUTURES BY HELPING THEM THRIVE.
As children grow, so do the organs and systems they’ll rely on for life. Without proper nutrition and care, more than 6 million children will die each year before the age of five years, and millions more will be physically and mentally stunted by malnutrition.
Children don’t only need to survive—they need to thrive. With your support, we’ll work to dramatically improve the health and well-being of children younger than five years old. We’ll develop and expand access to treatments for illnesses like diarrhea; look for new ways to improve sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition; and promote early childhood development.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Nearly 6 million children under the age of five years die every year.
- Around 70 percent of these early child deaths are due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions.
- Worldwide, diarrheal disease and pneumonia are responsible for more than one-third of the deaths of children under the age of five years.
- More than one-third of all child deaths are linked to malnutrition.
- Children in developing countries are ten times more likely to die before the age of five years than children in developed countries.
- More than 1 billion children are severely deprived of at least one of the essential goods and services they require to survive, grow, and develop: nutrition, clean water, sanitation facilities, basic health care services, shelter, education, and information.
- The rate of decline in childhood deaths has accelerated in 90 percent of countries in sub-Saharan Africa since the world adopted the Millennium Development Goals in 2000.
- New drugs, diagnostics, and other health innovations led to 4.2 million fewer child deaths in 2013 compared to 1990.
- June 2016: We targeted the two top killers of children—pneumonia and diarrheal disease—by advancing clinical trials of seven vaccine candidates against these threats.
- March 2016: We launched the Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access, redoubling our commitment to reach every child with lifesaving vaccines.
- March 2016: Cambodia launched a series of vaccination campaigns against Japanese encephalitis that reached 4.3 million children and will add the vaccine to its routine immunization program, protecting children nationwide from this deadly disease for generations to come.
- 2015: We have reached more than 2 million Brazilians with rice fortified with an extra boost of vitamins and minerals.
- May 2015: We launched the new MSR® SE200™ Community Chlorine Maker, which converts electricity, water, and salt into enough chlorine to treat 55 gallons of water.
Photo: Aaron Joel Santos