Every day, nearly 19,000 children younger than 5 die, the majority from preventable causes. Every year, an estimated 2.7 million children don't live past the first 28 days after birth, while 1.5 million succumb to malnutrition before their fifth birthday.
Many of these children die of Malaria, the number-one killer of children under 5 in many parts of Africa, where in 2010 it claimed the life of a child every minute. And every minute, another mother dies in childbirth - leaving her infant, if it survives, more than 10 times more likely to die within two years.
How we're changing lives
Through the For Every Child campaign, we are working to protect the lives of more than 9 million children, mothers, and other family members by providing efficient and cost-effective interventions such as treated mosquito nets, feeding programs and nutrition training, and basic childbirth and newborn education and care to mothers and pregnant women in order to reduce maternal and infant deaths and decrease the number of women falling ill or dying as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.
Where we're working
Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia
The impact for children
- Healthier lives — Children with improved nutrition, and who are protected from malaria and have parents who better understand how to prevent disease, can lead healthier, more productive lives.
- Increased opportunities — Healthy children have more time to attend school and experience greater academic success, and their parents have more time to produce food and earn income — giving their children opportunities for a brighter future.
- Longer lifespans — With proper prenatal and postnatal care, better nutrition and hygiene, and access to health workers and essential medications, more children live to see their fifth birthday and beyond.
In the initial phase of the For Every Child campaign, our health efforts were focused on malaria treatment and prevention. As we begin to broaden that focus, World Vision celebrates the following accomplishments in addressing malaria:
- Distributed more than 3 million mosquito nets and provided training in how to use them, protecting 6.2 million people from malaria
- Provided 14,500 pregnant women with preventive treatment to keep them and their unborn children from contracting malaria
- Administered 15,000 rapid diagnostic malaria tests
- Equipped health facilities with supplies, including 250,000 tablets for malaria treatment
Through the For Every Child campaign, World Vision is hard at work on health projects in the following African countries:
Through the For Every Child campaign, World Vision will:
- Raise $45 million to improve the health of children and families in Africa
- Protect 9 million people from malaria by distributing 5 million bed nets and providing training in how to use them
- Help improve the well-being of more than 18,000 children under age 5 through maternal and child health programs