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Support the U.S. Government's Reaching ZERO – Tell Congress that You BELIEVE in Ending Preventable Child Deaths

 

The Child Survival Call to Action forum in June was an amazing event—a high-level forum convened by the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, in collaboration with UNICEF, to launch a sustained global effort to save children’s lives.

The simple, profound message at the forum was this: we have the knowledge and technology to end preventable child deaths in a generation. Specifically, that means hitting "20 by 2035": reducing the under-five child mortality rate to 20 or fewer child deaths per 1,000 live births in every country and community by 2035. On behalf of the U.S. Government, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius pledged to help the world achieve this goal.

Experts at the forum believe that reaching that goal is achievable—but not easy. To make it happen, the world needs to "bend the curve" and accelerate global progress in cutting child deaths.

Ensuring U.S. Investment in Child Survival

Reaching 20 by 2035 will require long-term focus and commitment by both donor and developing country governments, international organizations like UNICEF, nonprofit development partners, and private citizens.

Americans have always strongly supported global child survival programs.  Reaching this ambitious goal to end preventable child deaths in a generation will require strong and long-term political will to maintain U.S. support for policies and funding that directly impact child survival—including ZERO starving children; ZERO exploited children; ZERO children denied an education; and ZERO children deprived of clean water.

Contact your Senators and Representatives to urge them to support the U.S. Government's commitment to child survival!

 

More than half of under-five child deaths occur in 39 countries with the highest child mortality rates (U5 deaths in thousands, U5 mortality rate per thousand live births):

Country or territory

U5 deaths

U5 Mortality Rate

Sierra Leone

42

185

Somalia

71

180

Mali

121

176

Chad

79

169

Democratic Rep. of the Congo

465

168

Central African Republic

25

164

Guinea-Bissau

9

161

Angola

120

158

Burkina Faso

101

146

Burundi

39

139

Cameroon

88

127

Guinea

48

126

Niger

89

125

Nigeria

756

124

South Sudan

43

121

Equatorial Guinea

3

118

Côte d'Ivoire

75

115

Mauritania

13

112

Togo

21

110

Benin

36

106

Swaziland

4

104

Mozambique

86

103

Afghanistan

128

101

Gambia

6

101

Congo

14

99

Djibouti

2

90

Uganda

131

90

Sao Tome and Principe

0

89

Lesotho

5

86

Sudan

95

86

Malawi

52

83

Zambia

46

83

Comoros

2

79

Ghana

60

78

Liberia

12

78

Ethiopia

194

77

Yemen

70

77

Kenya

107

73

Pakistan

352

72

TOTAL

3,610

 

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