Individuals, Global Community Must Do More To Save Children From Preventable, Treatable Illnesses
New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Beyond the Cave Rescue: Failing to Save Other Children’s Lives
Charles Bresler, executive director of The Life You Can Save, and Peter Singer, founder of The Life You Can Save and professor of bioethics at Princeton University
“The immense outpouring of concern and compassion that has been demonstrated by the worldwide community during the 18-day ordeal of the 12 boys and their soccer coach stuck in a flooded cave in Thailand has been heartwarming. … Juxtaposed with this personal and institutional generosity, however, is our collective failure to save the approximately 7,500 children under five who die every day of preventable or treatable illnesses. … Malaria, for example, kills over 1,000 children every day. Yet just $2 to the Against Malaria Foundation can pay for an insecticide-treated bednet that protects two people from malaria-bearing mosquitoes at night for up to three years. While rescuing the boys from the cave was clearly commendable, distributing bednets saves young children and adults at a dramatically reduced cost” (7/12).