The world has made remarkable progress in reducing the preventable deaths of children. Since 1990, the number of children under the age of five dying annually of preventable causes has been reduced by nearly 50 percent—from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012 [PDF].
UNICEF and its partners around the globe have united to bring the world's most vulnerable children new vaccines, improved nutrition, and better neo-natal care and clean water. Ninety million children's lives have been saved since 1990.
"We should celebrate the progress,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF's Executive Director. “But how can we celebrate when there is so much more to do before we reach the goal?"
Getting to ZERO
There is much more work to be done. Every day, 18,000 children under five die of things we can prevent. They die of diseases that can be stopped with a simple vaccine. They die of illnesses that can be prevented with clean water. They die because they don't have a $3 bed net to protect them from mosquitos carrying deadly disease. We believe that the world can bring that number to ZERO.
This ambitious goal is within reach. Join us, and we can get there.
Tell the president you stand with UNICEF
President Obama noted his commitment to end preventable child deaths last year and experts believe that we have the knowledge and technology to get to ZERO in a generation. We need you to remind him of that commitment and show him that Americans expect him to make good on his pledge.
Make the world better for children
President Obama noted his commitment to end preventable child deaths last year. We need you to remind him of that commitment.