We’re learning about the Millennium Development Goals!
GOAL 4: REDUCE CHILD MORTALITY
Reduce by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate.
The UN reports that even though less children are dying in developing countries, progress is not being made quickly enough for the target to be reached 😦 They still have hope in efforts against pneumonia and diarrhoea and bolstering nutrition but are concerned that recent success in the battle against measles may not last if funds don’t come through.
Many people are working hard to lower the rates of child-mortality. Here’s how you can help out:
Compassion children are sponsored as early as 3 years old and given the right start in life with assistance through nutrition and medical help. Compassion also runs a vulnerable mothers project which provides nutrition and education to pregnant vulnerable women and their babies – giving them the best start in life.
Baby Watoto is a beautiful home for rescued and abandoned babies in Kampala Uganda. They have state of the art facilities which provide a better level of care than the local hospitals can currently provide. These children are taken care of until they are old enough to be moved into a Watoto village with their new siblings and mother. Baby Watoto steps into the gap for children who would otherwise be one of these statistics. Watoto are currently in the process of building two more babies homes at Suubi and in Gulu.
Living Hope provides the best possible start for children born to HIV+ mothers. By providing ARVs to the mothers, not only does this lessen the risk of mother to child transmission through birth and breast feeding but it also keeps the mothers alive to raise their own children.
There is always something we can do. And yes, it usually requires money. If you don’t have any spare, how about organising a fundraiser BBQ or having some girlfriends over for a DVD night and supper with a $10 door charge – they’ll love supporting you in your endeavour!