U.S. Congress: Let's End Preventable Child Death
We have the power to end preventable child deaths in one generation.
As Americans, we have always strongly supported global child survival programs. Working together, we can help end preventable child deaths within a generation. Reaching this ambitious goal requires strong and long-term political will to maintain U.S. support for policies and funding that directly affect child survival.
This goal is achievable—though not easy. To make it happen, the world needs to accelerate global progress in cutting child deaths. Send a letter to your representatives urging them to continue to support the U.S. Government's commitment to ending preventable child deaths.
- U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
In June of 2012, the United States Government signed a pledge called "Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed" to help every country in the world reach a child mortality rate of 20 or fewer child deaths per 1,000 live births by the year 2035.
The American people strongly support global child survival programs, and those programs are making a difference. U.S. resources and innovations helped reduce the number of under-five child deaths by 40% since 1990. But 6.9 million children under five will die this year from largely preventable causes--that is 19,000 preventable child deaths every single day. Half of those deaths are children who are less than a year old.
Because I believe in a world where ZERO children die of things we can prevent, I support the U.S. Government's commitment to "A Promise Renewed." I ask for your help to support policies and funding for the programs and organizations that directly improve global child survival, especially USAID's maternal and child health account and the U.S. contribution to UNICEF.
Ending preventable child deaths globally within a generation depends on sustained action from governments, international agencies, religious groups, nongovernmental organizations, and private citizens. I hope I can count on you to ensure that the U.S. Government provides both leadership and resources on behalf of the American people to fulfill our pledge to "A Promise Renewed."
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