CHILD HEALTH NOW
Every year over 6.9 million children under the age of five die from preventable diseases and conditions like tuberculosis, diarrhoea and malnutrition – conditions that have been largely eliminated in the developed world. This is a statistic that is both shocking and has no place in today’s society.
This is why in 2009 World Vision launched the Child Health Now campaign, the organisation’s first global campaign. Through this we intend to express our outrage at this situation, to raise awareness of the issues amongst the public and to call on world leaders to join with us in ending the child health crisis once and for all.
A Global Movement:
The Child Health Now campaign is fast becoming a global movement, currently running in more than 40 countries and inspiring unique action across the region and around the world. In 2012, more than 2 million people from 82 countries rallied behind it for the Global Week of Action inspiring Presidents, Kings, politicians and change makers to take note and act.
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE:
In the ever-advancing world of the Internet, social media and “smart” technology, the need for knowledge and mechanisms to protect the users is crucial. Children are especially involved in the online world and for the most part while aware of the advantages and appeal of the Internet, are unaware of the dangers.
In response to these online dangers, World Vision began the Keeping Children Safe Online Project (KCSO) in 2009, which offers children and parents the opportunity to learn about online safety, teaching them the skills to better protect themselves and others across five countries: Armenia, Georgia, Lebanon, JWG and recently launched in Albania.
Children are trained to become trainers, teaching their parents and peers on how to stay safe, distance learning courses have been developed for parents and teachers as well as various tools and resources such as interactive CD’s, safer Internet websites, Facebook pages, video clips and PSA’s, as well as online Hotlines and e-Helplines.
To learn more about this campaign, including what World Vision is doing in the countries across the region, visit our Keeping Children Safe Online page.