As the coordinator of international health efforts within the United Nations system, the World Health Organization works to build a better, more healthy future for children everywhere.
While substantial progress has been made in reducing children deaths by half since 1990, we still have nearly 1.5 million children under the age of 5 dying each year due to vaccine-preventable diseases. Pneumonia and diarrheal diseases are the top two killers of children under 5 yet are woefully underfunded compared to other diseases. Moreover, we are closer than we have ever been in history to eradicating polio but require$1.3 billion more in funding to end this horrific disease for good.
This May, during the World Health Assembly, 194 member states will elect the next WHO Director-General (DG). We are now down to the three final candidates and need a leader who can show strong political leadership and bring in the critical funding needed to save children from needlessly suffering and dying from preventable diseases such as polio, pneumonia, diarrhea, and measles.
Call on the final candidates to provide concrete plans on how they aim to secure the necessary funding so that every child, no matter where she or he lives, is given an equal opportunity to survive and thrive.