All this week a delegation from World Vision are at the World Health Assembly influencing the outcomes of plans to save the lives of 6 million women and children in the next five years. Ahead of this staff in the countries where World Vision has an influence lobbied their leaders and health ministers to show support for key commitments whilst at the Assembly. Read how our colleagues in World Vision Uganda took action and lobbied for key support.
It is not every day that ministers of health from across the world and global health actors meet to discuss the health challenges facing the earth’s population. But every year they do, and today in Geneva, Switzerland the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision making body of the World Health Organisation, will be meeting for the 66th year in a row.
Find out more about the vital role that the World Health Assembly plays and how World Vision influences it.
Rotavirus, a major cause of deadly cases of dehydration and diarrhoea, may be set to lose some of its grip on the lives of millions of children. According to the BBC, a new vaccine, developed in India, promises to curb the virus.
On Sunday 5th May campaigners, churches, communities and members of the public came together to celebrate “Survive 5 Day.” A day of activities that aimed to raise awareness across the globe of the fact that every day 19,000 children will die from preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria, all before their fifth birthday.
On the day people in more than 34 countries on 6 continents engaged in the campaign – here is what happened in South Korea and Armenia.
Last Sunday campaigners, churches, communities and members of the public came together to celebrate “Survive 5 Day.” A day of activities that, drawing on the symbolism of the date 5/5, aimed to raise awareness across the globe of the fact that every day 19,000 children will die from preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria, all before their fifth birthday.
Find out what happened in Bangladesh, Ireland and Ghana
“In the 21st century, no institution can solve global challenges on its own. There is no monopoly on good ideas. That is why I believe so deeply in partnerships – strategic partnerships," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at an event for Every Woman Every Child, a global plan to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015.
Every year, 6.9 million children will die before their fifth birthday. The good news is that this can be changed. A new report from World Vision, Within Reach: Ending Preventable Child Deaths, argues that these children can be reached. The report highlights an often overlooked strategy that is key to keeping children healthy: engaging and empowering families and communities in taking control of their own health. Find out more.
Last Sunday campaigners, churches, communities and members of the public came together to celebrate “Survive 5 Day.” On the day people in more than 32 countries on 6 continents engaged in the campaign – over the next few days we will be sharing some of these highlights so keep an eye out for updates.
As Survive 5 Day draws to a close we have been reflecting back on the amazing activities that have taken place across the world. From South Sudan to Pakistan, Armenia to Indonesia and Australia to the United States we have seen people taking action, giving support and making a noise for under-five child health.
Sebalda Leshabari is the Dean of the School of Nursing at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salam, Tanzania and teaches midwives who are key providers in family planning in Tanzania. In her work she often encounters the challenges midwives face to provide family planning counseling especially to youth.