For the past 50 years, the child survival rate has gone up every single year. That is great news and worth celebrating. This information comes from an annual report by UNICEF. The Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2013 was published this month.
As Melinda Gates wrote recently on her blog Outpatient Optimists:
Two of my passions are child health and statistics. So I look forward to mid-September every year, to the day when UNICEF reports how many fewer children died the previous year…we’re talking about the most important statistic in the world—who is alive.
The reason that the child survival rate has improved is that we know how to prevent and treat many diseases now. However, that makes it all the sadder that many children still die from them. The leading cause of children’s deaths are neonatal, pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, under-nutrition, HIV and AIDS. For more information you can read the full report or you can just get to the gist of the report at the Committing to Child Survival – A Promise Renewed Website.
Please watch this video filled with adorable children who are now surviving:
What can you do to help the child survival rate grow even faster:
- Make your promise to children – sign the pledge.
- Go to the Promise Report and answer the question “If you knew how to save the 18,000 children who die every day, would you do it?” and then Tweet and/or share on FB your answer.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page, share it on social media, and add your name and email so that you can keep up-to-date with efforts to keep the child survival rate improving ever faster.
We should celebrate the good news about the child survival rate improving. But the big celebration must wait until there are no longer thousands of preventable deaths every day.