UNICEF shines spotlight on main killers of children that went
underreported this year
TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - UNICEF Canada released a new report today
on the main killers of children that have gone underreported in Canada
this past year.
Everyday 19,000 children die worldwide from mostly preventable causes.
"These deaths are unacceptable. Almost all of these lives could be saved
by simply ensuring children have clean water, medicines, food or the
basic protection they need," says UNICEF Canada's President and CEO
David Morley. "At UNICEF we believe Canadians should know about these
children who have died and what is being done to keep other vulnerable
This year's most underreported stories include severe threats to
children's lives like the increased risk of death for babies born to
child brides, the world's failure to end open defecation, a leading
cause of diarrhea which kills 700,000 children every year, and the poor
access children have to medicines needed to treat and prevent the
spread of HIV.
The report highlights silent emergencies and emerging threats including
the ongoing undernutrition crisis in Yemen, the silent emergency of
child drowning in Asia and increasing concerns that long fought
progress against malaria may be at risk due to the damaging effects of
There have also been important achievements in saving children's lives
Stories in today's report include the vaccination of the 100 millionth
person against meningitis, the elimination of maternal and neonatal
tetanus in five countries and the development of a new international
action plan aimed at saving 6 million lives by making 13 basic health
items available in the world's poorest communities.
"In the past two decades the number of children dying every day has
declined from 33,000 to 19,000. This is success to be celebrated. But
as today's report indicates global efforts can't stop now, there is a
lot more work that needs to be done to reach the world's most
vulnerable children," says Morley.
To read this year's report No Child too Far…10 Underreported Stories: Saving Children's Lives visit http://www.unicef.ca/en/featured-reports/article/underreported-child-survival-stories-2012
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian
organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families,
doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children
with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food
security, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children
regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are
active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our
determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too
far to go to help a child survive.
SOURCE: UNICEF Canada
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