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Sixty Percent of Americans Cannot Name Top Killers of Kids
Date:10/10/2007

New Poll Shows Majority of Americans Would Like to See the United States Do

More to Prevent These Deaths

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In a national bipartisan poll commissioned by the US Coalition for Child Survival, the majority of Americans polled identified HIV/AIDS and malaria as the leading cause of child deaths in the world's poorest countries. In reality, pneumonia, diarrhea, and neonatal complications account for the majority of deaths among children under the age of five. This gap in general awareness among the U.S. population shows most Americans do not understand the main causes of death for almost 10 million children in developing countries every year. Although HIV/AIDS and malaria devastate families in developing countries, the youngest and most vulnerable, children under five years of age, struggle to stay alive primarily due conditions such as neonatal complications, lack of access to drinking water, malnutrition and preventable diseases associated with conditions of poverty.

The survey, which was conducted by Lake Research Partners, also found that almost all Americans (95 percent) believe that the issue of child survival is an important problem facing the world today. Additionally, 93 percent of Americans feel child survival should be a priority in terms of U.S. international aid priorities.

"This poll shows that the majority of Americans do not know that most of the 27,000 child deaths that occur each day are preventable. In the world's poorest countries, children are still dying from causes that we, in America, rarely face -- dehydration from diarrhea, pneumonia, vaccine-preventable diseases such as tetanus and measles, and neonatal complications such as birth asphyxia and sepsis," states David Oot, Associate Vice-President of Health, Save the Children. "Two-thirds of these deaths could be prevented with basic low-cost services and practices such as a solution of salts, sugar and water to trea
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