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HEALTH: World can help children live longer

Letter by Betsy Gast, Gig Harbor on June 13, 2012 at 10:55 am with 8 Comments »
June 13, 2012 10:55 am

Remember the sights, sounds and feelings from your child or grandchild’s 5th birthday party and the joy and changes experienced during those first five years of life. Now, consider the 20,000 children dying every day from treatable and preventable diseases.

Remarkably, in the past 30 years, the number of children dying every year around the world has been cut in half because of global partners working together to get simple vaccines and antibiotics to children to fight common killers like pneumonia and diarrhea.

This week, world leaders are gathering in Washington, D.C., for a “Call to Action” co-hosted by the United States, India, Ethiopia and UNICEF with the intention of creating a step-by-step road map for ending preventable childhood death within a generation. Within a generation!

Most of the costs of these programs will be carried by the 10 countries with the highest number of deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea, but continued support by the U.S. and other donor countries is necessary for this goal to be achieved.

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  1. aislander says:

    No UN taxation.

  2. srvivinglife says:

    A UNICEF study of 35 developed countries found the United States had the second-highest rate of child poverty after Romania. LOL

    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/05/29/US-Second-highest-child-poverty-level/UPI-67641338349787/#ixzz1xhan8MC9

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    ….”for only pennies, you can protect a child from disease…..” Not my child; those shots cost me an arm and a leg. Charity begins at home.

  4. At least Aislander is being consistent.
    No health care for American kids.
    No health care for kids of other nations.
    No health care for employees.
    etc, etc, etc.

  5. aislander says:

    I didn’t SAY “no health care,” xring (you misleading scamp, you!); I said “no UN taxation.”

    Are you saying that there SHOULD be UN taxation?

  6. No – but it would help if the US stopped withholding its dues.

  7. aislander says:

    Help whom? There are a very few UN organizations that deserve my money or that of anyone else. If a mechanism existed to get the money to those places and not to support the Star Wars cantina that is the UN bureaucracy I might be more sympathetic.

    Our “dues” support the bureaucracy…

  8. concernedtacoma7 says:

    They just put Saudis in charge of the counter-terror element. What a scam.

    We fund those losers (the UN) and they spend 1/2 their time bashing the US and the other 1/2 beating up Israel.

    No to the UN. We have USAID and our NGOs to provide aid. The UN aid programs have always been a straight line of waste and fraud.

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