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Child Mortality

My Republican Mother Says Yes to Gun Control

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Will we get gun control? Will declarations of "enough" be enough? Or will our heartbreak be slow-rolled into nothingness?

The Top 10 Global Health Moments of 2012

Marshall Stowell | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Marshall Stowell

In the year-end issue of Impact, we announce the top 10 global health milestones of 2012. We asked some of the world's most renowned leaders in global health to comment on why these moments made the list. What we heard was insightful and, in many cases, encouraging.

Washing Up - and Saving Lives by the Millions

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 12.15.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

At the start of the new millennium, world leaders promised to cut by half the proportion of people without decent sanitation, and to reduce child mortality by two thirds, all by 2015. We're determined to help the world keep its promises.

Vaccines and Ensuring the Health of Children No Matter Where They Live

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

As world leaders gather this week at the General Assembly in New York, I'm encouraged by the focus on children's health alongside other pressing global issues. These discussions come in the wake of UNICEF's latest report on declines in child mortality around the world.

Keeping Our Promises to Women and Children: Roadblocks to Ending Maternal and Child Deaths

Carole Presern | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
Carole Presern

Working together through the Global Strategy, we have seen how sound planning, sufficient resources and political will, can make a significant difference in the lives of millions. But the global community can still do much better.

Water and Sanitation Are Key to Saving Lives and Boosting Economic Growth

David Winder | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
David Winder

Safe water and sanitation are vital pre-requisites for children to thrive. A lifetime of working in international development does little to numb my shock at seeing young children struggling to survive without these basic human rights.

How to 'Beat' Child Mortality

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Since 1990, child deaths have declined by an impressive 40 percent. That's thanks to high-impact solutions like vaccines, oral rehydration therapy to treat diarrhea and improved nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life.

Reaching A Child's Fifth Birthday Shouldn't Be A Luxury

Nicole Melancon | Posted 11.04.2012 | Impact
Nicole Melancon

Today was an emotional day. One that every American mother envisions in her head on the day her child is born: My daughter's first day of kindergarten.

Global Motherhood: My Wish For World Mothers

Jennifer Burden | Posted 10.28.2012 | Impact
Jennifer Burden

I don't care if another mother's beliefs differ than mine, I don't care if she looks different from me, I don't care if she sounds different to me, I don't care if she chooses to wear a hajeb, sari, yukata, suit or sneakers, or suit with her sneakers.

Do Something Uncontroversial

Kate Grant | Posted 07.10.2012 | Impact
Kate Grant

At the Fistula Foundation we work every day to help women injured in childbirth in Africa and Asia, get life-transforming surgery to take them from li...

Family Planning Summit Will Save 3 Million Children's Lives by 2020

Anne Zeiser | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Anne Zeiser

For most of us, a new baby coming into the family is ample reason for joy and celebration. But imagine a world where a new pregnancy means having to choose which beloved child to feed, clothe, or provide medicine to.

USAID and UNICEF: A Winning Partnership for Child Survival and Development

Kul Chandra Gautam | Posted 08.22.2012 | Impact
Kul Chandra Gautam

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, USAID can have no nobler mission than to rededicate itself to the original call to action by its founding father -- President Kennedy -- to lead the way to eradicate world poverty, and help build a world fit for all our children.

Ending Preventable Child Deaths: A Little More Effort Could Get the Job Done

Koki Agarwal | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Koki Agarwal

We applaud the efforts of these leaders, as we envision a future in which the world's most marginalized children receive the same life-saving interventions as our own. Now we must find the political will and determination to make this a reality.

Connecting Health and Nutrition Boosts Child Survival Efforts

Michele Learner | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Michele Learner

Ensuring that young children are well nourished has a dramatic impact on their whole lives -- most immediately, on their survival to celebrate a fifth birthday.

Call To Action Forum Marks A Turning Point In Child Survival

Anthony Lake | Posted 08.13.2012 | Impact
Anthony Lake

It is no longer wishful thinking to imagine a world where the child mortality rates in the poorest countries reach those of wealthier nations, and where every child's right to survive can be realized.

Healthy Birth Critical to Child Survival

Craig E. Rubens, MD, PhD | Posted 08.09.2012 | Impact
Craig E. Rubens, MD, PhD

Caring for newborns and young children is only half the battle. It is equally important that we study what happens during pregnancy, because safer and healthier pregnancies will put every child in a better position to live a long and healthy life.

Child Survival, Maternal Health and Nutrition: The Tie That Binds and the Action Ahead

John McCullough | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
John McCullough

More than 7 million children will die this year before they turn five. That is simply unacceptable. For a brief moment, the world is about to turn its attention to the issue of child survival and nutrition.

Ending Infant Mortality

Cecilia Attias | Posted 07.31.2012 | World
Cecilia Attias

Earlier this month, Africa gave the world some very good news. The Economist magazine reported that the continent as a whole had experienced some of the steepest drops in child mortality ever seen anywhere.

Breakthroughs in Health in the Millennium Villages

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

Approximately one out of every eight children in sub-Saharan Africa dies before his or her fifth birthday from preventable and treatable causes. These deaths are preventable through the deployment of health systems of the kind being pioneered in the Millennium Villages.

Global Motherhood: Perils And Promise In Ghana

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.26.2012 | Home
Dr. Orin Levine

In the United States, we can practically start planning our kids' birthdays from the day they come home from the hospital; deaths in childhood are quite rare. In Ghana, though, you can't take a child's fifth birthday for granted.

It's All About the Wedding: How Preventing Child Marriage Can Help Eradicate Poverty

Jeanne Faulkner | Posted 04.04.2012 | Impact
Jeanne Faulkner

When my daughter turns 12 next month she'll have a birthday cake and a slumber party, not a wedding cake and marriage. As an American girl, she's lucky to grow up in a culture where girls can choose who and when they'll marry.

The U.N. Puts Women and Girls at Center of Conversation

Tabby Biddle | Posted 11.22.2011 | Impact
Tabby Biddle

The oppression of women and girls used to be a fringe issue. This week at the U.N., the 60-year-old institution has taken the health and human rights of women and girls to the center of the conversation.

Childhood Vaccines: Music to the World's Ears

Bill Roedy | Posted 08.16.2011 | Impact
Bill Roedy

Each year more than 1.7 million children die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Childhood immunization has the power to change this. I am calling on CEOs and corporate executives to join me in the fight to reduce child mortality.

I Am a Water Billionaire

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 08.07.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

One-sixth of the world's population does not have access to a glass of clean drinking water. If the United States suffered this thirsty fate, 52 million Americans would be without water.

How the G8 Can Transform Global Health for Children

David J. Olson | Posted 07.23.2011 | Healthy Living
David J. Olson

In the 21st century, oral rehydration therapy (ORT) -- a simple, cost-effective treatment given at home seems to be on life support.