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Jan 26, 2010

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Vote at: http://www.change.org/ideas/view/fight_the_leading_killers_of_children-_urge_us_to_invest_in_child_health

Every day 10,000 kids die from pneumonia and diarrhea - more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB combined - despite the fact that we have low cost vaccines and medicines that can prevent and treat these killers.  Yet the US Government spends less than $1 in every $10 of the global health budget fighting the greatest threats to the world's children.  A US Government prioritization of these diseases and an Obama-led campaign against the leading killers of children is our best chance to save millions of young lives.   

Imagine a child not having access to medicines that could save her life.  Sadly, this is exactly the case for millions of children around the world who are losing their lives to two diseases that could be prevented with vaccines or medicines that cost less than $10.  3.5 million children die every year from pneumonia and diarrhea – diseases we know how to prevent and treat.  Vaccines exist to prevent the leading causes of pneumonia and diarrhea and cost about $10 each to protect a child for life and medicines to treat pneumonia and diarrhea cost even less.  Making pneumonia and diarrhea vaccines and medicines available would enable millions more children to reach their 5th birthdays. 

Most of the children dying from pneumonia and diarrhea live in parts of the world where these vaccines and medicines are not available.  Children living in just six countries - India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo – are most at risk. If the US Government were to lead a global campaign to get pneumonia and diarrhea vaccines and medicines to children in these six countries, we would see the single biggest reduction in child mortality of our lifetimes.  Indeed this is the best strategy to reduce child mortality and dramatically improve the health of the world’s children.  

Vote for US leadership against the leading killers of children; vote for a US global health budget that benefits the world’s children and vote for the children who cannot vote for themselves. 

Save the Children and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI Alliance) are working together on a new partnership to fight the leading killers of children.  GAVI is helping the world’s poorest countries introduce the vaccines that prevent the leading causes of pneumonia and diarrhea, and Save the Children is a global leader in the provision of medicines that treat children who are already sick.  Together, we are preventing and treating the leading killers of children.

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