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More Public, Government Support Needed To Reduce Global Child Mortality

Noting several Save the Children initiatives to raise awareness and funds to combat child mortality, including the World Marathon Challenge, “a relay race where kids team up and attempt to run a full marathon distance and to beat the world marathon record,” Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, “Through U.S. government leadership and global commitment, the number of deaths to children under five declined to 6.6 million in 2012, from 12.6 million in 1990.” She continues, “While this is good news, we need to do better. … [W]e need to do more in three areas where we have not yet made sufficient headway: reaching the poorest children with life-saving measures, ensuring all newborns get proper care; and providing children with good nutrition so they stay healthy and strong enough to fight off life-threatening illnesses.” Miles adds, “With adequate public support and appropriate levels of government investment in these areas, we can dramatically cut child mortality and give hope to families that their babies will have more than a slim chance of reaching age five” (10/23).