Posted by: beyond5 December 2013
As we look forward to the beginning of 2014, we wanted to share with you some highlights of 2013 and reasons to celebrate. While 1.22 people are still affected by extreme poverty (living on less than $1.25 per day) this number is down from 1.91 billion in 1990. This past May, a new report showed that some of the world’s poorest countries have managed to cut maternal and young child mortality rates by half or more. And, perhaps most exciting, despite population growth, the number of deaths in children under five worldwide has declined from 12.4 million in 1990 to 6.6 million, which translates into about 17,000 fewer children dying each day.
Here are some Beyond 5 highlights from the past year:
- New research gave us new information about nutrition, helping us to create future interventions that will save the lives of more children.
- During the summer of 2013, the University of North Carolina evaluated World Vision’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Program in Ethiopia to assess child health impacts. In three communities, diarrheal disease (the number two killer of children under 5) was completely eliminated.
- World Vision Afghanistan won an award for helping to save the lives of children under 5, in a country with one of the highest child mortality rates.
- The World Health Organization estimates that an African child younger than 5 dies every 45 to 60 seconds from the Malaria, but a new report shows that increased political commitment and expanded funding have helped to reduce incidence of malaria by 29% globally, and by 31% in Africa, saving over 3.3 million lives since the year 2000.
- And, this past December, advocates were given the new Beyond 5 toolkit, giving them the resources they need to speak out for children under 5.
Thank you all and Happy New Year!
Photo: ©2013 Sopheak Kong/World Vision