U.S. Government Can Play Vital Role In Reducing Preventable Child Deaths Worldwide, Opinion Piece Says
The Hill: Urgent action needed to stop preventable deaths of children around the world
Cyril Engmann, global program leader for Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition at PATH
“Around the world, more children are surviving than ever before, according to a new report from an inter-agency group led by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). … Yet we still lost 5.3 million children under the age of five last year. More than 290,000 mothers also lost their lives during pregnancy or childbirth according to the latest estimates, which greatly increases the risk of their children dying. … [T]hese deaths are unacceptable because they are largely preventable. … We need a renewed commitment to end these needless deaths and the U.S. government has a vital role to play. With the right investments made today, it need not take 80 years to close the gap. But we must act now to save generations of children” (10/7).