Petition: Save Children from Preventable Deaths! (Unicef) November 16, 2008 7:38 AM
If you saw eight children drowning in a pool, would you feel satisfied
if you only brought the first four to safety? Would you rest
comfortably knowing that the other four were still drowning, even
though you had the means to save them simply by calling for help,
extending a hand or tossing a rope? Of course not.
At UNICEF, we believe in children. We believe deeply that every childregardless of race, gender, religion, nationality or economic statusis equally deserving of a future.
We believe that every child, not a percentage of children, should be
afforded basic lifesaving vaccines, clean water, nutrition, protection
from violence and a chance to survive to adulthood.
starts with child survivalensuring that newborns, young children and
their mothers have what they need to stay healthy and have the
opportunity to grow up. Too many children dont get that opportunityevery day, 25,000 children under the age of five die of preventable causes. They dont have to die, but they do.
UNICEF believes it is possible to reach zerozero
child lives lost to preventable causes like pneumonia, diarrhea,
malnutrition and infection; zero children disabled by unnecessary
illness; zero mothers dying as they give birth for lack of health care.
An impossible dream? No, an achievable goalwith enough will and enough
resources. UNICEF has proven that we know how to stop this from
happening, with integrated, cost-effective solutions.
missing? Leadership. Everyone has a part to play: individuals,
corporations, civic groups, church organizationsand, yes, government. We need the United States to provide leadership on child survival. That means both Congress and the President.
have seen what can be accomplished when both the White House and the
Capitol work together to help poor countries. Recent Presidential
Initiatives on HIV/AIDS and Malaria succeeded in mobilizing leadership,
action and resources to make amazing progress in addressing those
But fighting those diseases is not enough. Though many
child lives have been saved, too many countriesarticularly in
Africahave shown little or no improvement over the past ten years.
We want the next President of the United States, Presidentelect Obama, to take a stand for the worlds children. We want a Presidential Initiative to Accelerate Child Survival that focuses like a laser on doing what it takes to eliminate the preventable deaths of newborns, children and mothers.
But, we wont get to zero if we continue business as usual.
We need to step things up. And we need the new President to lead. With
the right leadership, the resources and results can flow.
petition for this Presidential Initiative calls for a dramatic scaleup
of the coordinated, high-impact interventions that are proven to save
child lives in even the poorest communities. The Initiative would
provide $1 billion a year for the next five years to implement
accelerated child survival strategies in the countries where the most
children are dying. With an investment like this from the United States
Government, UNICEF calculates an additional three million childrens
lives can be saved by 2012.
three million lives saved in under four years. At that
rate, we could get to zero in less than a generation. What an
accomplishment that would be for all humanity.
If YOU believe in zero, and YOU want our government to lead the way for the world to do right by its childrensign our petition!
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