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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.
Today from South Sudan to Pakistan, local communities in more than 30 countries will mark "Survive 5" day as they celebrate the 42% reduction in under-five mortality over the past two decades. More importantly, it will be a chance for people right across the world to inspire national leaders and the global community to act with urgency so that children everywhere can celebrate their fifth birthday. That's why today, Sunday 5th May, or 5/5, World Vision along with our partners, communities and supporters are uniting as one voice to demand action on the preventable deaths of children under-five.
Question: What technological device do 79 per cent of developing country citizens have access to which could help improve their health? Answer: A mobile phone
How can cellular technology help people to improve their health? One innovation is for community health workers and volunteers to have the tools to access, record and process health-related information on their phones.