Despite significant progress in children's health over the past few decades, 25,000 children under five years old still die from mostly preventable causes each day. With the current global financial crisis, vulnerable newborns and young children face greater challenges than ever. To improve child survival, we need your help.
In partnership with the U.S. Government and the American people, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has helped cut the world's child mortality rate in half since 1960, proving that progress for children is possible. But UNICEF now has a much larger goal: reducing the number of child deaths from preventable causes to ZERO.
To make progress toward this ambitious goal, more resources are needed.
Each year the U.S. Government makes a contribution to UNICEF as part of America's global investment in children. This annual contribution to UNICEF's regular budget is critical to UNICEF's work in child survival and development.
With bipartisan support, Congress provided a contribution to UNICEF of $130 million for this fiscal year-the highest U.S. contribution ever to UNICEF.
Because of the current global financial crisis, UNICEF's important work is even more crucial to child survival. That is why for FY 2010, we will ask the U.S. Congress to invest $135 million in UNICEF to help save children's lives and protect their futures.
To gain the needed support in Congress, WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please urge your Members of Congress to support expanded funding for UNICEF today!