Experts believe that we have the knowledge and technology to end preventable child deaths in a generation. Specifically, that means hitting "20 by 2035": reducing the under-five child mortality rate to 20 or fewer child deaths per 1,000 live births in every country and community by 2035.
To make it happen, the world needs to "bend the curve" and accelerate global progress in cutting child deaths, especially for the most vulnerable populations.
At a forum last June, representatives from governments, civil society organizations, and faith-based organizations joined a pledge to help reach that incredible goal. On behalf of the U.S. Government, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius signed the pledge.
President Obama noted his commitment to end preventable child deaths last year. We need you to remind him of that commitment, and to show him that Americans expect him to make good on his pledge by investing NOW in programs that lead to ZERO children denied the chance to lead a healthy, productive life.
Global Citizens took over 70,000 actions calling on the US Government to fund child survival initiatives.
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah joined us today to speak on ending preventable child deaths.
Join us in calling on President Obama to prioritize child survival funding in the FY15 budget.