Every year, almost 6 million children die before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and sepsis. Millions of children become ill or die because they lack access to health services or an adequate, nutritious diet. In fact, undernutrition is estimated to contribute to 45% of all child deaths.The world can save these children’s lives. The time to act is now.
Evans & Judith Foundation is a global leader in maternal and children’s health. We use evidence-based approaches to tackle life-threatening conditions and prevent child deaths. We know, for example:
- Appropriate care around the time of birth could avert more than 40% of deaths attributable to labour and delivery complications
- Appropriate care for small or sick newborns could avert 30% of newborn deaths
- Timely and appropriate treatment of pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria could prevent up to 30% of child deaths
- Exclusive breastfeeding through a child’s first six months of life could prevent up to 13% of child deaths
The challenge is that these services are not reaching the children most in need Evans & Judith Foundation does whatever it takes. By reaching more children, especially the most deprived and marginalized, with a small set of life-saving interventions, we can save millions of lives every year. In 2017-2018, we supported the delivery of 600 life-saving curative interventions among children under 5 years of age in Cameroon . This included support for the treatment of hundred of cases of malaria, cases of pneumonia, cases of diarrhea and cases of acute malnutrition.
And we reached more than 282,000 children directly with clinical services in humanitarian settings – emergency contexts such as conflicts, natural disasters and outbreaks of disease. Through Save the Children’s Every Last Child campaign, we work at national, regional and global levels to demand that more and better public funds are invested in children, with the aims of ending child marriage and strengthening governments’ existing commitments on child marriage and adolescent girls’ health, among other goals, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals