Around the world, thousands of people die from treatable diseases, malnutrition and as a consequence of chronic poverty every day. And millions more suffer.
Meanwhile, international relief organizations have little choice but to work in areas where the special resources and political will are in place to support them. This means that high-profile disasters, "newsworthy" conflicts and exceptional circumstances receive a disproportionate share of media attention, individual donations and aid.
But everyone deserves dignity, health and safety, and a chance at a decent life. Everyone. Everywhere. No matter how little attention news media and the rest of the world may be paying to the quiet suffering of people in desperate need.
Please join AmeriCares in asking U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to set an agenda for international aid that establishes priorities for addressing chronic disease and poverty. The United Nations should take a consistent and leading role in ensuring a chance at life, health and dignity for everyone around the world.
No matter how little attention news media and the leaders of individual countries around the world may be paying to the quiet suffering of people in desperate need.