Do you know what the major killer of children is?
It's not war.
It's not cancer.
It's not accidents.
The major killer of children are... preventable causes.
Every year, 6.3 million children lose their lives before reaching their fifth birthday due to preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and malnutrition.
- Pneumonia and diarrhoea claim more lives of children under 5 every year, more than HIV and Malaria combined.
- Malnutrition is an underlying contributing factor in about 45% of all child deaths and makes children more vulnerable to severe diseases.
We know what these major killers are, and we know the solutions to tackle them. But justice for children requires more of us. It requires advocacy, political will, and action to challenge and change the policies, systems, structures, practices and attitudes that make it difficult for vulnerable children and their families to escape living in poverty and the life-threatening consequences of preventable causes.
Justice for children is about speaking up for all children and requires shifting the global political and health agenda in order to the save the lives of millions of children.
Only together can we end preventable child deaths and deliver justice for all children.
Through the Child Health Now campaign, mobilisation from grassroots to global engagement has fuelled awareness and change at the local, national and international level in seeking justice for all children. Child Health Now has advocated for the improvement of child well-being calling for an end of preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths, and the elimination of extreme poverty by 2030. World Vision, in seeking justice for all children, will stop at nothing to reach the target set in the Global Goals to 'end preventable deaths of newborns and children under five years of age'.