One of my passions in life is helping to improve the livelihoods of the underserved and the underrepresented domestically and abroad. FYI “underserved populations” include, but are not limited to, members of immigrant or ethnic groups, rural residents, urban or rural youth, unemployed people and homeless people.
Socially and medically underserved populations often have the worst infant mortality rates. In 1990, almost 13 million of the worlds children five and under died of mostly preventable disease.
All too often the statistics surrounding infant mortality are daunting and overwhelmingly sad. In response to the startling numbers, the global community pledged to improve child mortality rates by two thirds between 1990 and 2015. The 2013 UNICEF child mortality progress report brings another year of great news. The total deaths of children under-five declined from 12.6 million to 6.6 million!
Let that soak in, its a huge and important deal!
There are those that feel that global social good efforts are hopeless and pointless. That committees and groups forming and pledging to improve the livelihoods of the countless individuals suffering in and outside our communities are fighting a losing battle. Here is a little evidence that declares otherwise!
Due to global efforts, 17,000 fewer children die each day in 2012 than did in 1990. There is more work to be done to achieve the global child survival goals by 2015, but we have to take the time to rejoice in what has already been achieved.
You can also learn more about what you can do to improve child survival rates on UNICEF’s interactive progress report.
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