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Saving Children of the World

Posted by Sunil Shroff on Thu, Jun 18, 2009  
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The loss of a child is a tragedy - families suffer and human potential is wastedAs per stats - nearly 10 million children under the age of five die every year -i.e over 1000 every hour. Almost all of these children could survive and thrive with access to simple, affordable interventions. WHO is improving child health by helping countries to deliver integrated, effective care in a continuum, starting with a healthy pregnancy for the mother, through birth and care up to five years of age. Investing in health systems is key to delivering this essential care. Almost 10% of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources.

Estimated number of deaths that could be prevented:

    *  1.4 million child deaths from diarrhoea
    *  500 000 deaths from malaria
    *  860 000 child deaths from malnutrition
    *  280 000 deaths from drowning

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