Fifth Birthday and Beyond
Did you know that 6.6 million children under 5 years old will not reach their birthdays this year, dying mostly of preventable diseases? And, 18,000 children die a day – 44 percent of whom die during the newborn period?
The numbers are staggering, and it’s hard to believe that they used to be worse. Since 1990, U.S. foreign assistance programs have helped cut in half the annual number of deaths of children under 5. According to UNICEF, in the last 12 years, 700,000 fewer children died of pneumonia; 600,000 fewer children died of diarrhea; 400,000 fewer children died of measles; 300,000 fewer children died of malaria; and 100,000 fewer children died of AIDS.
Plan International USA is joining a coalition of partners to thank the American government for its continued support over the last quarter-century, and reaffirm a commitment to child survival.
With programs in health; water, sanitation, and hygiene; sexual health; and protection, Plan continues to work with communities around the world to give children hope for a better future.
Take a look at some of Plan’s child survival programs:
- Improving Survival Rates of Children Under Five
- A Pea a Day to Keep the Doctor Away
- Making Strides Against Malaria in Cameroon