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Child Survival

Pneumonia: The Silent Killer of Children

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

This silence is frustrating as pneumonia is a disease that kills 1.1 million children every year and can be prevented with simple solutions that also protect against related child killers like tuberculosis and diarrhea.

A Race to Save Lives on the Line

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Most American children who are running entered kindergarten at age five with little idea what a huge victory reaching age five truly is. I imagine some will celebrate breaking the world record, but I am thinking about the birthday parties for those 5-year-olds around the world who, without continued effort, would never have completed the race.

One Year Later: From Promise to Action on Ending Preventable Child Deaths

Nicole Schiegg | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Nicole Schiegg

The "celebrity" buzz captured new attention from media outlets and non-traditional audiences. But would a successful event build upon the decades of tireless work on child survival and lead to the movement that we all hoped for and envisioned? Would the promises turn into real action?

Birth-Growth-Progress for Women and Children in the DRC

Nicole Schiegg | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Nicole Schiegg

Despite the high demand for health services in the DRC, they remain costly and access is unequal. To ensure every child survives to five and beyond, the inequities of the health system must be addressed to benefit all of the Congolese people.

Why Delegates at the World Health Assembly Should Double Down on 13

Nicole Schiegg | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Nicole Schiegg

The number 13 has long been linked to a belief of bad luck and misfortune. Well, today that superstition has changed. More importantly, if we do right by the number 13, we have the potential to save six million women and children over the next five years. How is that possible?

Religious Leaders 'Noisy About Malaria' In Mozambique

Christopher LaTondresse | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Christopher LaTondresse

The disease steals 650,000 lives around the world each year, devastating entire communities and undermining opportunities for prosperity and growth -- and disproportionately affecting the African continent.

The Most Important Conversation This Week: India on the Survival of Its Children

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

On the heels of the Child Survival Summit that took place in Ethiopia at the end of January, India is using its summit to continue the conversation about building a roadmap and strengthen partnerships to end preventable child deaths.

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.

Good News -- For a Change: Infographics That Inspire

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 01.21.2013 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

In today's world, bad news about poverty, disease and disaster abounds. Good News -- For a Change highlights major strides in the fight against global poverty that are making a real difference in people's lives.

World Prematurity Day: Let's Change the Face of Preterm Birth

Carole Presern | Posted 01.17.2013 | Impact
Carole Presern

Unfortunately, premature birth is all too common: more than 1 in 10 babies are born too soon, amounting to 15 million preterm births per year. It's a truly global problem.

Every Beat Matters: Saving Lives with the Power of a Song

Nicole Melancon | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Nicole Melancon

The number of children dying every year from preventable diseases in developing countries is nearly equivalent to half the children entering kindergarten in the U.S. This devastating statistic alone should be enough to make you want to do more.

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.

Healthy Mothers = Child Survival

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

When a mother survives, her children thrive. They are more likely to be vaccinated, eat properly, attend school and become productive members of their community, thereby making countries more secure and our world a better place.

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.

1,000 Photos

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 08.14.2012 | Impact
Dr. Rajiv Shah

Age five is an important time. It's when we start going to school, learning to read and making our own decisions. Age five is also an important milestone in the health and development of children.

Global Motherhood: Saving Children's Lives -- What's New And What You Can Do

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 08.13.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Every year, more than 3 million babies die before they turn one month old. That number is dropping, but not nearly as fast as more successful efforts to end deaths to older children and mothers. That's because global health efforts haven't quite caught up with what we now know works to save newborn babies.

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.

Every Child Deserves A 5th Birthday

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Dr. Rajiv Shah

As a father of three, I see unlimited potential when I look at my children. And I am reminded that my own parents came to the United States from India so that my sister and I could have a strong education and greater opportunity in life.

Revealing China's Advances in Child Survival

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

A report in The Lancet shows that China has made tremendous progress in child survival over the past 20-30 years and that Chinese researchers have done an outstanding job of documenting it.

Pneumonia: Why Do We Let It Get Away With This Much?

Karl Hofmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karl Hofmann

Did you know there was a "World Pneumonia Day"? It may not sound very exciting, but the toll this treatable disease takes on children around the world should make you sit up and take note.

Parliamentarians for Pneumonia

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

More importantly than events in Washington and London, for the first time ever, parliaments in developing countries, where the bulk of pneumonia deaths occur, were active locally on World Pneumonia Day.