In 2000, the global community made a promise to children — to reduce by two thirds the risk that a child will not live to see his or her fifth birthday. The deadline for this promise is 2015.
A new UNICEF report shows that, despite impressive progress, we are way behind schedule. The global effort to keep this promise needs a kick in the pants. This is the reason for “A Promise Renewed,” a global movement to end preventable child deaths.
The first job is to keep the promise, known as Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4.
The second mission is to keep moving forward until no child dies, if it can be prevented. This means aiming for an under-five mortality rate of 20 or fewer child deaths per 1,000 live births. Right now, some countries have under-five mortality rates of close to 200 deaths per 1,000.
If you just clicked the “YES” button (at least once), you know just how much is at stake – the lives of millions of children.
Please, watch the video below and share it far and wide to remind everyone that millions of beautiful lives are at stake. Then, keep scrolling to learn more and take action.
The Good News: The world is making progress, having saved nearly 90 million lives over the past two decades. That’s more than the entire population of Germany.
The Bad News: The progress isn’t fast enough. Right now, we are 13 years behind schedule. That means we won’t meet MDG 4 until 2028. And 35 million more children will die – children whose lives could have been saved had we kept our promise in 2015. Download the report for more information and keep scrolling to see how you can help.
Figure 1: This graph represents global under-five, infant and neonatal mortality rates between the years 1990 and 2012. The rate has almost halved since 1990 but we still have work to do.
Figure 2: The global burden of under-five deaths has fallen steadily since 1990.
The Good News: Over the past year, more than 175 governments signed a pledge, renewing their promise to accelerate progress on child survival. Each pledge is an important commitment to give every single child the best possible start in life.
The Other News: We know it’s going to take more than political promises to get the job done. It’s going take every one of US to take action, and hold governments to their promise. Keep scrolling to see what you can do to help.
The Good News: We know what works! We know what we need to do to save children’s lives. Read the report to learn why these solutions are a matter of life or death for so many children. Keep scrolling to see how you can join us and help even more.
Thanks for scrolling all the way down & and for clicking the YES button so many times! We need more supporters like you. Please share this page on social media and sign-up right here to keep in touch. “A Promise Renewed” is one year old, and we have two years until the 2015 deadline. We’ll have many new ways for you to stay engaged in this global effort in the coming months.