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Progress against child deaths will lag until family, community care prioritized
Date:9/17/2010

services and clinics, of diseases that are easily prevented and treated when families are able to access effective, basic interventions as close to their homes as possible," said Martha Newsome, Global Director of Health and Nutrition for World Vision International. "This deadly gap makes family and community care a critical link in saving millions from preventable deaths, and an essential component required to strengthen health systems adequately."

World Vision's Child Health Now campaign, drawing upon lessons learned from the Christian humanitarian organization's 1,600+ community programs, encourages communities to express their rights to quality health care, and press local and national governments to meet their responsibilities for promoting health and ending preventable child deaths.

Although the number of deaths among children under the age of five has declined in recent years, the rate of declinean estimated one-third reduction over 20 yearsis insufficient to meet MDG 4, particularly in the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and Oceania, where most child deaths occur, according to estimates released today by UNICEF.

The results are dismal given that evidence shows millions of babies and toddlers could be saved from death each year through a small number of proven, cost-effective interventions such as skilled birth attendants, immunizations, mosquito nets and oral rehydration therapy.

"We know what works, why it works and how to do it," says Jenkins. "What we need to do now is to mobilize the necessary political will to put mothers, children, their families and communities front and centre of global development."

"Otherwise, too many children born today into poor, under-served communities won't survive the five years to the 2015 deadline, simply because they and their families don't have access to basic health services," said Jenkins.


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Contact: Geraldine Ryerson-Cruz
gryerson@worldvision.org
202-615-2608
World Vision
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